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
 

Avraham Golubok


G. was born on 15 March 1861 in Odessa, Ukraine. His father was a tailor.

In 1882 he we find him working in a cigarette factory in New York together with Thomashefsky.

Thomashefsky relates that "as for a certain Rosenblum, it has been resolved that he was a Yiddish actor in Russia, and he used to sing. Golubok always used to be in crises, distorting his nose, stopping up his ears, and crying: "No, no! Not good, that's not right. [Here is how it goes=do geyt es azoy]". He used to re-sing the melody all the time in other tones. As to his output, he was proficient in all the songs and shtik of the Yiddish theatre".

After a long effort G.'s and Thomashefsky managed to obtain an entrepreneur, who had wanted to arrange for a Yiddish theatre, and who also had for his own purposed brought over to America G.'s two brothers Leon and Myron.

G. did not participate their productions, but he was the "arranger". When the productions ended with a material failure, G. went back to the factory to work.

Later he became an life-insurance agent. On 9 July 1914 he passed away in New York and came to his eternal rest in Mount Zion Cemetery on Long Island, New York.


Sh. E. from his son Henry.

  • Boris Thomashefsky -- "Thomashefsky's Theatre Writings", N. Y., 1908, pp. 4-18, 22.

  • David Kessler -- Der ershte idisher actyoren streyk, "Der tog", N. Y., 18 March 1917.

  • Boris Thomashefsky -- Amolige idishe actyoren vos hoben geshpilt mit erflog un zeyben avek fun theater, "Forward", 18 August 1923.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1,  page 385.
 

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