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
 

Gedalya Gurman
 

Born in 1883 in Uman, Ukraine.

In 1924 he began to work as a singer of Yiddish folk songs while at the same time as a cantor and concertist with liturgical programs. He went to Bucharest and Czernowitz, and after crossed over very old and new Rumania.

In 1920 he searched for a brother in Africa and there recorded on a gramophone plate several numbers from his repertoire. Returning to Rumania, he again recorded himself per his profession as a cantor, until the summer of 1941 when the Nazis captured Czernowitz.

Soon after they entered, the Gestapo came for him in his apartment, carried him away to the Czernowitz Culture Palace and from there to the Prut, where he was killed. Ilya Ehrenburg in his "shvarz buch (Black Book)", also published in Rumania in 1946, mentioned his tragic end.

G.'s wife Mindl (Manya) in 1942 was deported and was killed in Shargorod, Transnistria. Their daughter Sonia and her husband Shmuel Fischler were actors in the Bucharest Yiddish State Theatre.


Sh.E. from Julian Schwartz

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3830.
 

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