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
 

Shmuel Levin

 

Born circa 1890 in Pulawy, Lublin region, Poland, to poor parents -- merchants on the railroad. He learned until age twelve in a cheder, later in the Lublin yeshiva, but the ennui of the "eating days", drove him out onto the street. L. became a helper for a melamed, a store employee, a boot stitcher, moving around on the train with fruit and drinks. By coming in contact with the students of the agronomic high school in Pulawy, he developed a strong desire for education, and with perseverance threw himself into self-education. Then he went away to Argentina, where he worked on a farm.

Returning to Poland, he became mobilized onto the war front, later maintaining a coffee house and then a store in Lublin.

1919 -- debuted with two plays: "Far zind" and "A shrfh, a drama in 3 acts, Warsaw, Tr'p" [ 85 pp., 1919, 16], which was staged by a Stanislawer Goldfaden Association in 1920 in Stanislawow.

Soon thereafter, L. wandered off to Germany, where there was published in German his "Chasidishe legende", which was later published in a Hebrew translation in Frishman's "Htkufh" (Ykh), and initially afterward in original Yiddish  in Zhitlovski-Niger's "Dos neye lebn" in America.

From then on L.'s work was published systematically in German. In 1927 in Warsaw's Bzhoza publishing house, publishing in Yiddish L.'s "Dos gezang fun doros" in two scenes.

 

L. had handwritten several plays, including several already translated in the Bzhoza publishing house.
 

Sh. E. from Sh. Sheynberg.

  • Shlomo Sheynberg -- A shmues mit shmuel levin, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 38, 1928.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1148.
 

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