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

Yehonatan Halpern
 

 

Born in April 1877 in Zharki, Pietrkow Gubernia, Poland, into a well-to-do Chasidic business family. He received a religious education, and at first after his marriage he took up a secular education. He earned a diploma in natural science, mathematics and language. H. had taken up with commerce. For a short time he was active in the union movement. 1908 -- began to write novels. 1913 -- published his first drama, "Sheyndele, a drama in three acts", and the one-acter "Muter un zun" (publisher A. Gitlin, Warsaw), which had drawn the attention of various amateur circles.

Among his unpublished writings, H. left: "Der alter dikhter", a dramatic poem in three acts, "Keyn veg tsurik", a drama in three acts (translated into German by Paul Barkhin, and was taken into production in Berlin's German Lessing Theatre. However, it was not staged due to the outbreak of the war), "Untergehakte fliglen", a drama in four acts, "Familye bromberg", a drama in three acts, "Der geferlekher retsept", a comedy in one act, and "Purim-shpiel", a children's comedy in three acts.

H.'s one-acter "Muter un zun" in 1923 was published in Cincinnati, in the English translation of Yetta Bloch.

On 15 July 1918 H. passed away in the town of Yendzhev.

  • Zalmen Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", pp. 768-9.

  • Y. M. Gimpel -- Yehanatan halperin, "Bikher velt", Warsaw 2, 1922.

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 578.
 

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