Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Bertha Kreitsberg
(Lesser)

 

K. was born on 24 July 1890 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was the actor Solomon Lesser; her mother was a milliner. As a small child she immigrated with her parents to America, where they settled in Cleveland. Here she acted in children's roles in the local Yiddish theatre that was under the direction of Avraham Itzhak Tantsman. She married at the age of something over fourteen with a stage technician Chaim Barukh Fishman, and years later she had twice married actor Sam Kreitsberg with whom she traveled together with her children to Chicago, where they acted in the local Yiddish theatres under the direction of the Weisenfreunds (Muni's parents), the Grossman family, Hershl Zuckerberg, and Paley, and they also had the opportunity to act with the guest-starring stars.

After her husband's passing in 1918, she traveled with her children Sylvia (the actress-to-be Sylvia Fishman) and Eugene, to New York and she organized their own itinerant troupes across the province.

K. also has occupied a [ongezen] place in the then Yiddish vaudeville houses and had acted for three-and-a-half years in English, on Broadway, in the play "Subway Express".

On 24 October 1955 K. passed away in New York.
 

Sh. E. from Max Friedlander.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2275.
 

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