Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


B. Lidin
(Elihu-Barukh Liverant)


L. was born in 1893 in Partshev (Parczew), previously in the Siedlce, now in the Lublin region, Poland. His father was a "corner lawyer". He learned with melamedim (religious teachers) and then in a Beit HaMedrash. From his early youth he worked with various trades ([kamashn, beytlen], clocks, hats, cooking, etc.). Discontent at home, where he didn't have any peace with his stepmother, and also with his place of work, he often left for relatives in other cities, and he worked in a beer brewery with an uncle in Lublin, in a business in Warsaw, and during the outbreak of war in a restaurant-hotel in Brisk. Here L. was taken into military service, and after being released, in 1917, he debuted with an "amateur" group as "Krunin" in Rakov's "Der talmud-khokhem", then here he directed in "Khasya di itumh (Chasia the Orphan)" with Sh. Reyzen, and he also wrote at the same time in the local "Der veker".

Traveling as a businessman for various articles across Russia, there came upon a position in a department of [arbeter-komisariat], where he founded with the local "Kultur-lige", a drama section, in which he acted and directed.

In 1920 he immigrated to Rumania and he began to act with the "amateurs" in Beltz, and here he became engaged by actor Fishl Kanapov, and since 1922 he has been a professional Yiddish actor. After acting for a year with Kanapov, where he had the opportunity to act with the guest-starring Jacob Kalich and Molly Picon, he entered into the troupe of Viera Kanievska-Breitman, with whom he acted for a season, then for a certain time with


Dina Kenig. In 1925 he acted in the troupe, which Sholom Brin had put together with Lidia Potocka, later with a provincial troupe, 1927 -- a short time in the "Vilna Operetta Troupe", then with a part of the troupe across Transylvania. From May 1927 he acted for several months with Baratov in the Bucharest Zhignitsa, and in September 1927 he entered into the Ziegler troupe, with whom he made various wanderings across eastern and western Europe.

Sh. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1047.

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