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
 

Sonia Kustin
(Kompaneyets)

 

Born in Odessa, Ukraine. Father -- a notary. Sister of one mother with theatre director Adolf Kompaneyets, and daughter of his father's brother. She was raised in Yalta, Crimea, to her father's brother. Due to their expulsion, they went away to Odessa and from there traveled to her step-sister in Akkerman. There she dervust, that her step-brother Adolf is a Yiddish theatre conductor, and at the age of thirteen went to him and performed in the dumb role of "Shmenderik's Bride". Then she for a short time was in the chorus and debuted as "Libele" in "Beyde kuni leml (Both Kuni Lemels)". She remained in Kompaneyets' troupe, and also later when he united and went again with Avraham Fishzon, for a short time she acted with Bernstein, Rabinowitz and five years with Becker, where she acted in prima donna and soubrette roles, and when the actor Solomon (Shlomo) Kustin came into the troupe, she married him and since then has followed the same path to the stage as him, except for the struggle to be taken into the Actors Union, and she has since 1920 acted on the stage.

K. is the sister of the actors Adolf Kompaneyets, Malvina Sierotska (Kompaneyets), who was killed with her family by the Nazis, and is a sister-in-law of the actress Clara Gottlieb (Gershanovitsh).


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2242.
 

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