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
 

Yakov Gartelovitsh

 

G. was born in 1881 in Botke, Grodno Gubernia, Polish Lithuania. At the age of nine he began to sing in Bialystok with Moshe Bass, later with Neyman in the Polkovoy Beit HaMedrash, with Noakh Lider and with Razumny in Odessa.

In 1898 for the first time he performed on the Yiddish stage under the direction of Rabinovitsh in the role of "Markus" for Goldfaden's "Baba yakhna". Later he toured with Fishzon's troupe as a chorus singer, where he remained for two years. From there he went over to Bernstein as an actor. After a year he toured with Genfer, where he acted for two years, and then he spent a year on his own as director of a troupe that performed in Bessarabia. From there he traveled to Warsaw and acted for six months with Kompaneyets, later a year with Mitelman and Sam Adler, then he again became director of a troupe for a year's time in Poltava Gubernia, and then he traveled to Lodz, where he acted four years under the direction of Zandberg. G. performed in Warsaw with Rappel, where he acted four years and later for two years with Clara Young.

In the time of the World War G. acted in Kiev and in its surrounds, making it through the difficult times of the pogroms. He came then back to Lodz, where he acted for a year's time and in 1923 he went to America, where he acted from time to time.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 462.
 

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