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
 

Mordechai Gebirtig
 

 

G. was born on 4 May 1877 in Krakow, Galicia. Until age ten he learned in a cheder, then he became a joiner. In his youth he participated as an "amateur" in scenic offerings and manifested fine qualities as a performer and regisseur. Avraham Reyzen had in his "Yidish vort" called for a bright future for him. G., however, soon left the stage, and in 1905 under Reyzen's influence began to publish in  the "Social Democrat" theatre reviews and songs. Later G. published songs in the "Forward", "Fraye arbeter shtime" et al. However he soon took to writing popular songs, for which he composed melodies by himself.  Some of G.'s songs were sung in Galicia as "folksongs." G.'s other songs such as "Huliet, huliet, kinderlekh", "Kinder-yorn" which were put into Moshe Schorr's operetta "The Romanian Wedding"; also Molly Picon sang in her operetta  G.'s songs. A portion of songs written by G. used by the "Azazel" theatre troupe.

In 1920 issued a collection of songs under the name "Folksmitlekh."

  • Zalmen Reyzen -- "Lexicon of  the Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp. 595-6.

  • Moshe Blekher -- Mordechai gebertig -- "Teat"tst", Warsaw, (8), 1, 1929.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 495.
 

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