K. was born in 1893 in Warsaw, Poland.
His father was a carpenter.
He received a traditional
education, later in the home, as a self-taught, general
At the age of twelve he
participated, together with his brothers Adolph and
Herman Fenigshteyn, in a children's' collective led by
Mark Meyerson, debuting as "Shadkhan" in "Hertsele
meyukhes (Hertsele, the Man of Aristocratic Descent)".
In 1910 he was taken into
Rappel's troupe to act professionally at the "Elizeum",
at first as "Der gerisher [bridegroom]" in "The [Y-kh-sn]",
later as "Shmuel goltses" in "The Jewish Soul", and the
role of the father in "The Golden Wedding".
In 1912 he co-directed with
Rappel's troupe in Odessa, where he played "The Farmer"
in "The American Woman (Amenkanerin)", the "King" in
"For 400 Years", "Alvarez" in "Shabbat kodesh", as "Itsikl"
in "The Forced (Di getsvungene] Wedding".
Due to military conscription
in 1914, he went to Pinsk with Schwartzbard's troupe,
and a short time later organized a member's troupe
with part of Moshe Silberkasten and Sarah Fibikh, which
later merged with the collective et al of Shtokfeder and
Myodovink, whose troupe toured the cities of
the Urals and Siberia.
During the February
Revolution, K. brought the united troupe to Kharkov, to
Lipovski, but on the way he met with the members troupe
that included Menachem Rubin and Misha Appelbaum in [shp-z]
and performed therein.
After the October
Revolution, K. became united with the troupe that was
under the direction of Segal-Likhterman and went with
them to Pinsk and acted there under under the direction
of Abraham Teitelbaum in the role of "Max" in "Provacateur"
and "Uriel Mazik" in "God, Man and Devil". [Verndik
aroysgetribn] from Minsk, K. organized a member troupe
with whom he performed across the Ukraine.
When Denikins' White Guard
captured Yekaterinoslav, K. went with the collective to Gruzye, where they acted in the large centers. However,
a year later he returned to the Ukraine.
In 1923 K. organized there a
new collective led by Esther Rachel Kaminska, and he
acted in the major roles in the plays: "Tevye the
Milkman", "Motke the Thief", "The Robbers", "Kreutzer
Sonata", "Sappho" and "The Stranger".
In 1929 K. entered into the
Yiddish Baveglekher State Theatre of the Ukraine, and in
1932 he was one of the cherished founders of the Yiddish
state theatre in Baku.
In 1939, according to K., he
went over to the Odessa State Theatre.
In 1941, during the
Soviet-Nazi war, K. [temporarily went over to the Russian
stage, but later he performed in the Kiev Yiddish State
Theatre under the direction of Sholem Aleichem.
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