Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Leah Levibarovska


Born on 27 April 1891 in Warsaw, Poland. Her father was a minor grain trader. Through a friend she became acquainted with "amateurs," and with them began to act in Yiddish theatre. After her marriage to Avraham Levibarovski, a former governor and then a Yiddish actor, she became a professional actress and played together with her husband in various troupes. After the liberation of Poland, she toured around the province most of the time with her husband in various troupes, as well as after his death in 1928, at first by herself and later with her daughter Reizl (the future wife of actor Max Bozyk.)

About the last period, Jonas Turkow writes:

"Leah Levibarovski, one of the the 360 Yiddish actors who farmlkhmhdike Poland had possessed, was destined to play such an important role in Jewish social life during the Nazi Occupation of Warsaw. She was the business manager of the Yiddish 'actors' kitchen,' in the one location of the former "Yiddish Artists' Union," at Leszno 2. This kitchen served not only the entire Yiddish theatre world, but she also was the 'akhsnih' for the Yiddish writers, culture and social workers. They did not have greater or better food products to give out, as it came from other kitchens of the social workers. Nevertheless, this food was tasty, homey and delicious as in other 'people's kitchens.' The 'artists' kitchen' had a reputation for its excellent business and warm atmosphere. 


 ... The artists' union, which could be found at Leszno 2, was immediately transformed into a kitchen for the artists who were unemployed for a ling time, and they were offered social assistance. The artists' union began to give out lunches to their members and their families, and later-- also breakfast and evening breads. The kitchen had managers: Zimbalist, Danziger, Lui, Bryn, Kurz and Marsalov. The lunches were cooked and served to the guest, the artisan, by Masha Rotman and Levibarovski at the head, who had tried her best to feed and delight her actor-friends and guests who were continually arriving in this kitchen. Leah Levibarovski inserted her warm heart into her work around the 'artists' kitchen,' and she had endeared it as a mother would-- her only child.

During the Nazi Occupation, Leah Levibarovski dedicated herself to oysshlislekh the 'artists' kitchen,' for which she worked so hard and gave her heart. If blessings and wishes would fulfill, the good and love, Leah Levibarovski would not have needed to have her life ended in such a cruel manner."

According to her son-in-law Max Bozyk, in 1941 she was deported to Warsaw, together with her son Joseph to Treblinka, and she was killed there. Her son was cast out of a running train, endured as a peasant in a village, and he survived. Now he lives as a fisherman in the land of Israel with his family.

Sh. E. from Max Bozyk.

  • "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre," Warsaw, Vol. 2, 1934, page 1155.

  • Jonas Turkow-- "Azoy iz es geven," Buenos Aires, 1948, pages 88, 242.

  • Jonas Turkow-- "Wandering Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol. 2, pages 233-237.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4065.

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