Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Avraham Hochban


Born in 1893 in Ostrow, Volin Gubernia, Russia. He was educated in cheders, learned Russian in the city school, and at age sixteen he went away from home and joined a theatre group that used to tour across various cities.

In 1913 he arrived in Philadelphia, America, having a newspaper place, learning English, and in the evening he took a course in newspaper advertising at Temple University. In 1919 he joined in the Business Department of the Philadelphia branch of the "Forward".

H. performed in the "Drama Guild" (also known as "The Institute Drama Guild") in the name of the Labor Institute where the "Guild" was founded).

David Ber Tierkel writes:

" When Hochberg ...more to translate....

On 29 January 1928 the "Drama Guild" under the direction of H. staged "Der zeyger vos hot geshlogn 13", a folk-comedy by Avraham Hochberg, and "Gelt", a social drama by Michael Gold, translated by Avraham Hochban.

On 16 December 1928 H. directed in "Muz. Hol" in Atlantic City the one-acter "Hercules" by Bell, "Dos eybike lid" by Arnstein, and "Zayn ershter kleyent" by I. Podruzhnik.

On 9 March 1930, H. directed with the "Guild" in Atlantic City Gottesfeld's "Parnusah", which on 22 March 1931 was staged in Reading, Pennsylvania. On 27 April 1930 he directed in the Jewish Center in Philadelphia Gottesfeld's "Di naye almanah" [likely "Parnusah"]. On 12 June 1932 he directed in Philadelphia's "Labor Institute" Nadir's "Moshiakh", Ichael Gold's "Gelt" and Deyksel's "Shlofloze nakht".

As Tierkel tells it, the "Drama League", ....more to translate......

On 20 August 1936, H. passed away at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and was brought to his eternal rest at Montefiore Cemetery in Philadelphia.

About H.'s children, one, a daughter, is a nationally famous child photographer, and a son, a painter and a writer of English books for children.

Sh. E. from his brother Jack Hochen.

  • David Ber Tierkel -- "Di yungtlekhe bine", Philadelphia, 1940, pp. 41, 42, 55, 85, 87, 89, 190.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 2575.

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