Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Leib Friedman

 

F. was born on 3 May 1896 in Radom, Poland. His parents were artisans and merchants. He learned in a cheder and a folkshul. In 1914 he was already living in Warsaw, where he began to participate in dramatic circles, then in various professional Yiddish troupes in Poland, Volin and Lithuania, and in 1926 in the Jewish state "Meutis Theatre" in Latvia. In 1927 he acted in South Africa and in 1928 in  Argentina where he performed as "Yankel Shapshovitsh" in "God of Vengeance," and in the title role of Victor Hugo's "The Hero in Chains," then in Brazil and since 1929 again in Poland.

On the eve of the Second World War he arrived in Argentina with the actors Max and Reizl Bozyk, Max Perlman and Gita Galina, Chewel Buzgan and Rivkah Shiller, and he took to acting in Buenos Aires in the "Mitre" Theatre.

According to a notice in "Di idishe tsaytung," the conditions in the local Yiddish theatre were difficult, and F. took to commerce. However, he was deeply excited about Yiddish theatre, and he traveled to the land of Israel to a sister in Beersheba, where he was for a short amount of time, after which he returned to Latin America, then to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he last performed in a series of cultural acts with recitations, which were of little comfort to him.

Since his family was killed in Hitler's hell, he became very sad, without laughter, had a poor life, became religious and in the

 

middle of October 1968 he died in Montevideo.

F.'s sister and brother-in-law, Chaya and Izzzy Greenstein, also acted on the Yiddish stage.
 

Sh. E.

  • Notits in "Idishe tsaytung," Buenos Aires, 25 October 1968.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5908.
 

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