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
 

Jacob Gartenstein
(Hartenshteyn)


G. acted in the Yiddish theatre with Naftali Goldfaden and afterwards was for one year a director in Berdichev.

Later he immigrated to America.

In 1880 he had a troupe in Philadelphia.

In 1888 Thomashefsky brought him to Baltimore, and G. had for his first performance taken a declaration(?) of "Di bobe mitn eynikl" and had a great failure because the public had demanded that he should sing, but he wasn't a singer. In 1900 G. maintained a beer saloon in Philadelphia.

G. was an intelligent person and had mastered several languages.

He was president of "Spinoza Lodge 23" in Chicago and had campaigned for Congress from Chicago.

In 1917 G. became a doctor in Chicago, and several years later passed away there.


M. E. from B. Thomashefsky, Jacob Katzman, Moshe Schorr, Max Rosenthal, Bina Abramowitz and Cesar Greenberg.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. 1, p. 199.

  • Bessie Thomashefsky -- Meyn lebens-geshikhte (My Life History), pp. 47, 101-102.


 

 

 

 


 

Home       |       Site Map       |      Exhibitions      |      About the Museum       |       Education      |      Contact Us       |       Links


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

Copyright Museum of Family History.  All rights reserved.