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
 

Liliput
(Gabriel-Hirsh Kretshmer)

 

L. was born on 15 May 1883 in Riga, Latvia. He attended a private school and learned Hebrew through his father. At the age of thirteen he began to write under the pseudonym "Der blonder yid" in the local German newspaper. When he was young he joined the Bundist movement and traveled as a party member across Lithuania and Poland. Also for several years he settled in Turmes. In 1905 he began his journalistic activities in the Yiddish and Bundist press.

In 1906 he immigrated to America, where L. participated in the Yiddish socialistic press (of David Pinski's "Arbiter" until the "Forward", then the communist "Freyheyt" and back to the "Forward").

L. translated Ostrovsky's drama "Dikarka" [Di vilde], which was staged on 29 May 1919 under the direction of Osip Dymov in Thomashefsky's National Theatre with Bessie Thomashefsky in the title role, and Ernst Toller's "Hinkemann" ["Der blutiker gelekhter (Hinkemann), a tragedy in 3 acts and 7 scenes by Ernst Toller, with a forward by Profesor F. Kogan, Yiddish by Liliput, New York "Freyheyt", 1924 [p. 80, 12] which was staged on 14 February 1924 by Maurice Schwartz in his Yiddish Art Theatre.

L. had also in "Di varheyt" and in the "Freyheyt" printed reviews about the Yiddish theatre.

Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. III, pp. 777-79.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1087.
 

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