Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Yehudah Grinhoyz, was born on March 5, 1891 in
His father was a prayer leader in the synagogue. His
mother was the bread-winner and ran a dry-goods
store. He studied in cheders and then at a yeshiva, and
he also finished a four-class Russian public school.
When he was still a child he sang with various
cantors: Moshe Bass, Shpulyansky and with Berman in
the Choral Synagogue.
Later he became a member in the dramatic and
musical section of the state-run “Yiddish Arts”
organization. In 1910 he joined Bernstein’s troupe
as a chorus member and was almost immediately given some small roles to play. After
touring with this troupe for almost a year, Grinhoyz
returned to Bialystok where he joined Tzemakh’s
Hebrew Productions, and he traveled thereafter with Tzemakh’s Hebrew troupe to Vienna and from there to
other cities in Poland. At the time of the German
Occupation, in World War I, Grinhoyz was the
director and leader of a troupe of young actors.
Still later, he and Mayer Schwartz were co-directors
of another troupe until 1918. Following that period
he took part in various Yiddish troupes that
performed in Bialystok.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 535.
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