Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
G. was born on 31 December
1865 in Komorge, Galicia.
His father was a gravestone
He completed a folkshul.
He came to Lemberg and
worked there as a gravestone builder with David Shtepler (Porke),
who was also a Broder singer.
Due to his beautiful voice,
Shtepler made him a Broder singer, and in 1882 G.
performed with Shtepler, Chaim Bendel, Sholom Podzamtshe
and Leon Mandeltort. The repertoire was headed by a
one-acter and and songs.
In 1890 the group included Yona Reyzman, Rosa Mandeltort and Herman Veynberg.
In 1892 he came to
the late known duet couple of Yosef and Sally [Beshtendig] Desser, and from then on
he was in a local group of
Broder singers (also called "The Polish Singers")
who were transformed into a more modern Yiddish variety theatre.
Until 1921 G. acted in such
troupes and then returned to being a monument
builder, participating only on 7 August 1928 in Lemberg
during the "Lexicon evening", in which he with a
huge success brought forth Broder songs.
According to the "Yizkor-Rshimah" in the program of
the Yiddish State Theatre of Poland, G. was killed
by the Nazis.
"Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", New York, 1931,
Vol. 1, pp. 227-28.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 4782.
You can read Yoel Glantz's initial biography, located in the Lexicon's Volume 1,
by clicking here.
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