Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Regina Lashkovska


L. was born in 1889 in Odessa, Ukraine. Her father was a master tailor. L.'s brothers had sung in the synagogue chorus with Cantor Bakhman and used to arrange for each Shabbat "children's productions", in which L. also participated.

In 1905 through the initiative of her friends, the former chorus singer and the actress-to-be Nadya Dranov, she went away to Lodz as a chorus girl for Kaminski and from there migrated as a chorus singer to other troupes, performing from time to time as a prima donna.

In 1910 she entered into the Lodz "United Troupe" (Miriam Triling, M. Kh. Titelman, Fela Lantsman, Malvina Serotska, Leyzer Zhelazo et al.), and she debuted as "Feygele" in Thomashefsky's "Di yidishe neshama (The Jewish Soul)" and "Khanele" in Schorr's "A mentsh zol men zeyn".

In 1911 she married actor Shlomo Hershkovitz and followed the same path (as her husband), switching early on from prima donna to soubrette roles and afterwards to "old comic" roles.

During the outbreak of the Second World War she was captured in Lodz. On 11 May 1940, when the Nazis created the Lodz Ghetto, she was there, among the professional Yiddish theatre people. L. was found with her husband, who had participated in the Yiddish theatre productions, that were arranged in the ghetto, as well as their daughter and son.


Due to this, as she was born in Russia (Ukraine) and had a Russian passport, the Nazis attack on Soviet Russia, untouched, in August 1944 the Nazis took her and gilled her. Also her husband and son were killed. Only here daughter Zisl Vinik was found to be saved in the land of Israel.

M. E. from Zisl Vinik.

  • "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", Warsaw, Volume II, 1934, p. 1010.

  • Moshe Pulaver -- "Geven in a geto", Tel Aviv, 1963, p. 59.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4062.
You can read the Lexicon's original biography for Regina Lashkovska in its second volume by clicking here.

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