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
 

   Cheykele Kushnir
 

Born in 1915 in Vilna, Russia-Poland into a poor family, [yuos] still was hungry. From childhood she manifested an artistic talent; she took part in the Vilna Yiddish amateur circle, and afterwards entered the chorus of the Yiddish theatre.

At the age of eighteen she arrived in Riga and went into the Kadish-Khash theatre troupe. She already continued to play in Riga with the Yiddish troupes there, in 1939 together with guest star Max Perlman.

In Riga K. married a private person, Yavitsh, and when the Nazis captured Riga, she had the presence of mind to take the hands of her two-year-old child(?).

On 20 November 1941, in the first action in the Riga ghetto, under the personal direction of the head of the Schutz police in Latvia (It was called "Ostland" by the Nazis), Richard Moyvald, who was arrested and released by the Hamburg prosecutor, shot K. in the Rumbula
forest near Riga.


M. E. from Max Perlman and Sh.E. from Yonah Radinov.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4161.
 

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