Born to Christian parents in
1923 in Czestochowa, Poland, though he lived in
Bialystok until 1939. After completing high school in
1942 in Bielitz-Biala, he joined the army. Until 1945 he participated as a soldier in the Second World War.
Having an interest in the
humanities and the theatrical arts at the university, he
focused on Slavic Studies, Eastern European history and
also English studies and drama. After his studies he
worked for twelve years as a scholar at the J. G. Herder
University in Marburg. He published his research and
books and articles, that with few exceptions are
dedicated to Polish culture and history.
In 1957 he came into contact
with the Yiddish theatre in Warsaw, and was influenced
by Ida Kaminska’s performance of Mother Courage .
Then he became interested in
the Yiddish theatre. He attended various productions
from 1964-67 and made contact with the producers of that
theatre. In 1967 he worked for a period of time
documenting the theatre in order to collect material for
a history of post-war theatre.
This work he later published
in the "Zeitschrift fur Ostforschung", V. 4, 1968, entitled
"The Yiddish Theatre in Poland". After the Second World
War; it was published there in Yiddish. H. is now the
Polish editor of German Radio in Koln.
Zalmen Zylbercweig --
"Handbook of the Yiddish Theatre", Minsk, 1970, p. 37.
Dr. N. Sverdlin -- Vos
deytsh schreybt vegen idishen teater in polishn nakhn
tsveyten velt-lrig, "Day Morning Journal", New York, 1969.