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
 

Jan Getsman
(Shmuel Yakov)

 

G. was born on 3 August 1879 in Yanov, Lublin Gubernia, Poland.

His father was a [feldsher=old-time barber-surgeon].

He completed the four-class government school in Lublin and worked as a hairdresser.

Due to his desire for music, he neglected his profession and gave up playing the violin. His father then went with him into Lublin's Polish hospital to practice as a [feldsher=old-time barber-surgeon].

G. began to sing, and he traveled with a mixed chorus of trade employees. Here he held onto the possibility of a music-[mbinim] and took to learning music with the director of the Polish musical union. In 1903 G. traveled to Berlin where he worked as a hairdresser and studied at the conservatory. In 1904 G. performed in Berlin in a Yiddish troupe (Palace Theatre) and he acted for a year as the "singing lover" in operetta repertoire. During a visit to a Yiddish theatre, they hired him as the director of the Berlin comic opera, but after two years the opera closed, and in 1907 he was engaged by the Nirenberg Opera, afterwards guest starring in Berlin and in the other German cities. Afterwards the war he became the artistic leader of the Berlin Coliseum concert hall.

Sh. E. from Yakov Vaksman.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 498.
 

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