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
 

Jennie Levitas
 

 

L. was born on 7 January 1901 in Kiev, Ukraine. Here parents were artisans. She completed a gymnasium. From childhood on she had a desire for the stage.

At the age of seventeen, L. came to be a student of the Russian actress Irenyeva in the theatre studio of the "Kultur-lige (Culture League)". In the studio L. soon presented herself as a gifted editor of Yiddish poetry, and she participated in several studio evenings in Kiev and Moscow.

In 1924 L. joined "Mim't", where she had great [ibergebnheyt] to work until her last days, and she participated in a tour with the troupe across Western Europe in 1928.

L. had especially excelled in the role of "Beylke" (in Sholem Aleichem's "200,000"), "Zhene viera" (in Zhul Roman's "Truadek"), "Khanka" (in Dobrushin's "Dos gerikht geyt"), "Sortsi" (in Peretz Hirshbein's "Nisht gedeyget") and "Valina" (in Dobrushin and Nusinov's "Spets").

On 30 December 1932 L. suddenly passed away from a heart attack in Moscow, where she was cremated the next morning. In honor of the deceased, a funeral assembly took place, in which there were among others appeared Efrim Loyter, Kaverin, Peretz Markish, Zuskin, Rafelski and Dobrushin.

L. was the wife of the actor M. Michoels.
 

Sh. E.

  • Necrology in "Emes", Moscow, 1 January 1933.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1141.
 

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