Born on 3 October 1902 in
Stawiski, once Lomza Gubernia, Poland. Father -- a
feldsher (old-time barber-surgeon). Until age ten,
he learned in a cheder and then enrolled in
Yarotshinski's Talmud Torah in Lodz, wherein his family
moved to after his father's death. He completed in 1917
the Talmud Torah, in 1923 -- Dr. Broyde's Hebrew
gymnasium, and he learned for two semesters in the
philosophy facultat in Warsaw's university.
Even as a child he
manifested a desire to imitate, and in the gymnasium he
participated in the school productions under the
leadership of teacher Tuman-Tumansky (a former
professional regisseur), then he performed in Yiddish,
Polish and Hebrew evenings as an imitator. Learning in
the university, H. at the same time attended Dr. M.
Weichert's dramatic school. Due to material conditions,
H. settled in Lodz, where he learned in the Polish
dramatic school with the municipal theatre (Director
Barvinsky), and acted in episodic roles in that theatre.
Returning to Warsaw, H. lived by giving lessons and
studied further in Dr. Weichert's dramatic school, from
which David Herman's studio was later installed. In 1925
H. traveled with this studio to act across the province,
and when the studio disbanded, and H. became taken into
the local association, he entered as "L. Sarnov inro "Azazel".
However, after two months he went over to Jonas Turkow's
provincial troupe. Half-a-year later, H. joined "Vikt"
(Leaders: Ida Kaminska and Z. Turkow), then he acted
four months in Krakow's Yiddish social theatre (leader
A. Morevsky), [then] again several months in "Azazel".