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 in Lemberg,
Eastern Galicia, to parents -- bakers. He is the brother
of Lemberg Chief Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Guttman.
Until the age of ten he
learned in Lemberg's Beit HaMedrashim and then in
yeshivas. He studied other courses privately and
maintained himself by writing correspondences and
[conjurations=hshbunut] for businessmen. Then for two
years a bookkeeper in a hat business. As a member of the
unionized association "Mikra Kodesh", G. had the
opportunity to become acquainted with the actors Zigmunt
Schorr, Weinstock and Eskreyz, who used to come in to
that association and under their influence in 1891 G.
entered into the Yiddish theatre as a role-writer and
scenarist (scenario- or script-writer). After the then
prompter Bernard Wilensky went over to him to prompt,
and when he found him a role, G. performed as an actor,
first in Tsvibel's offering of Gordin's "The Brothers
Lurie" in which G. acted as the "old rabbi", and then he
remained in the troupe only as an actor.
In the span of twenty years
G. has been an actor and regisseur in Lemberg (Gimpel's
troupe), where he educated the young [durgalitsish]-Yiddish
actors. He also acted in Vienna, Budapest, Rumania,
Germany and England.
G. was a co-founder of the
"Goldfaden Union" in Lemberg.
In 1928 G. acted for
eight months in the German film society "Febus" in
G. published in
Lemberg's "Togblat" his memories of Moshe Richter.
B. Gorin -- "History
of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, p. 147.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 469.
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