Born in 1903 in Cherkassy, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.
Father -- a laborer. In 1910
she went over to Yekaterinoslav with her family, where
she received her education. In 1916 she worked in a
cardboard/box factory, and at the same time attended
evening school. In 1918 she became a member in a local
Yiddish drama circle, where she soon became very active.
In 1920 she entered into a professional Yiddish theatre
collective with whom she traveled to Baku, where she
acted for two years and then went with the collective to
Moscow, where she acted until 1923.
Until 1929 K. was active in
a Jewish movable theatre collective in the name of
Esther Rukhl Kaminska, and at the end of the year she
was taken into the first Jewish moveable State Theatre
of the Ukraine, where she acted until 1932. In 1933 she
acted in organizing a Jewish worker's theatre in Baku,
where she acted for seven years. here she became the
leading actress in the ensemble, and embodied the same
responsible roles, among others "Laurencia" in Lope de
Vega's "Shepsn-kval", "Yehudis" in "Uriel Acosta", "Amalye"
(Schiller's "Robbers"), "Abigail" ("Shulamis" by
Goldfaden), "Rukhele" (in Sholem Aleichem's "Stempenyu"),
"Anna Bogdanovitsh" (Daniel's "Yulius"), "Hadasah" (Markish's
"Kol Nidre"), "Di meshugene" (Reznik's "Recruits"), "Rivkah"
("Di shvester" by Peretz), "Reyzl" ("Blondzhende shtern"
by Sholem Aleichem), and "Alena" (Kropivnitski's "Di
shpin"). However, no less she herself excelled in the
roles of "Eti Meni" (Sholem Aleichem's "Dos groyse
gevins"), "Sirandaline" (Goldon's "Di virtin fun
hotel"), "Mirele Efros", "Krutshinina" (Ostrovski's "On
shuld shuldike"), "Fanitshke" ("Mentshn" by Sholem
Aleichem), "Sarah" (Sholem Aleichem's "Der blutiker
shpas") and "Sonia" in "Hirsch Leckert".
In 1940 K. went over to the
Odessa Jewish State Theatre, where she acted in the main
roles until the Soviet-Nazi War. Her only son went away
to the front, and she was evacuated with a group of
actors to Tashkent, where she performed as a recitator
in the local philharmonic. She also performed in
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
At the end of 1942 she was
sent to Samarkand, where she worked in the Kharkov
Jewish State Theatre. In 1944 she was placed in Kokand,
where she acted in the Kiev Jewish State Theatre.
For her social work, K.
received five testimonial awards.
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