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
 

Boris Halpern


H. was born on 12 March 1868 in Most, Grodno region, Polish Lithuania.

He learned in a cheder.

Later, as an actor, he made it through the course of a Russian middle school, later studying political economy, and since 1898 he was active in the field of credit cooperation. He was the director of the "first Vilna Yiddish [ley] and [shpor-kase] for tradesmen and small dealers". He wrote about cooperation, at first in Russian, afterwards in Yiddish, and on the theme he published several brochures and booklets.

In 1929 in Vilna he published his play "Ayza shalyman", a drama in four acts and one scene [pp. 83], that was never performed. According to Sh. Katshergtinski he may have [fargast]  and published several plays.

When the Nazis entered Vilna, they led him into the ghetto with his wife, the Vilna teacher Rivka Libishski, who there envisaged(?) her at work. In the ghetto, H. worked in the "kase" of the Judenrat.

Because of his age, he was not able to fit into the new conditions, but he nevertheless worked there. His wife was in a "selection" and was sent away to her death. He was sent to Estonia, where in 1944 he was killed in the Kivioli camp.

"Lexicon of the New Yiddish Literature", New York, 1960, pp. 24-25.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4387.
 

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