Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Abraham Frumkin

Born on Pesach 1873 in Jerusalem. As the son of a writer and community figure for the weekly "Hkhbtslt", and, in 1877, also from the first Yiddish newspaper in Eretz Yisrael, the weekly "Di rose." He learned in a cheder, with private melamdim, and in the Lemel school, and after graduating, in 1889 he became a teacher of Arabic in Belikind's school in Jaffe. 1891 -- went away to Constantinople and studied Turkish and law here.

P. began his journalistic activity in 1886 in his father's "Hkhbtslt." Then in "HaMelits" and "HatTsifirah." 1893 -- immigrated to London, and from there to New York, then returning to Constantinople, and traveling to London. 1895 -- debuted in Yiddish in the anarchistic organ "Der arbayter fraynd". From Number 30, 1896 he took over the editing. In 1897 he began to issue in London an anarchistic organ "Der propagandist". From 1899 until 1903 he lived in New York as a permanent contributor for the "Forward" and "The Idishe velt," as well as for Chicago's "Hpsgh", then settled in Paris, where he was a theatre correspondent and contributor for the Peterburg "Fraynd," under the pseudonym "Aviv."

Several years later again he settled in London and also for a time lived in the province, where he took a very active part in the anarchistic organs "Der arbayter fraynd" and "Zherminal", and began to publish very many translations of the modern European and also Russian literature (Zalmen Reyzen observed: "The last stories were not from originals"), also participated from time to time in the "Forward," "Haynt," et al.. Here he began to issue many of his translations, among them from Hebrew, prose "Di akhte opteylung fun gihnum" and other stories.


During the First World War, F. left London and made his home in New York, where he contributed to the anarchistic weekly writing "Fraye arbayter shtime", and later in her editorial colegium, then contributed to other newspapers, especially in the "Tog" and in "Morgen zhurnal (Morning Journal)." In the last two newspapers, he wrote many articles about Yiddish theatre.

In 1940 in New York, there was issued from "A. Frumkins Jubilee Committee", published F.'s book "In friling fun idishn sotsializm", in which he writes his memoirs until 1898, and also gives several performances from known anarchists.

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 2632.

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