Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Hoda Lifshits


L. was born in September 1889 in Minsk, White Russia, into a well-to-do family. She is the sister of Esther (Frumkina). Her father is a melamed (religious teacher), who used to put together his own melodies and attempted to compose a Yiddish opera.

L. had from childhood participated in [living images=lebedike bilder] and children's productions. In 1904 she participated under the pseudonym of Lyadova in the gymnasium productions and later she joined a Russian "amateur" circle, where she received special attention for her role as "Hindl" in Asch's "Gott fun nekomah (God of Vengeance)".

In 1907-08 she participated in the main role of a Yiddish literary dramatic circle, in which she traveled across the province. For three months she learned in a Russian dramatic school in Peterburg and then from there she was sent out. In 1910 she finished as a midwife in Minsk and on that basis thereby came the opportunity to continue her theatre studies in Peterburg, where she also performed in a Yiddish amateur circle as "Mirele Efros" and in other plays of Gordin and M. Rivesman; later she participated in a tour with the "Hirshbein troupe".

In 1911 she acted with an amateur circle in Vilna (Director--Ben Ami). In 1912 she completed a Russian dramatic school in Peterburg and became engaged in Feinman's Theatre in London. She returned to Russia, and L. went on a tour with Libert, then


she acted with Rappel. Dissatisfied with the cultural level on the Yiddish stage, L. in 1913 crossed over to the Russian theatre, where she acted until the summer of 1918. In the winter of 1918 she acted in Yiddish with Samberg in Minsk, then again in Russian.

From 1919-22 she acted in a Russian state theatre, directed a children's trope, then she acted in a collective with Russian actors, a season in Yiddish theatre with Brandesco, then again in Russian. After learning out in White Russia -- about from 1925 in the White Russian stage, and she often went on a tour across the distant towns and therefore of White Russia.

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 1127.

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