Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
L. was born in April 1908 in
Zdunska Wola, Poland. His father was the actor Leyzer
Zhelazo, his mother the actress Esther Glazer-Volska
(later - Lipovski). At age five he was adopted by the
Yiddish theatre director Nakhum Lipovski. Between 1916
and 1918 he learned in the Vilna Hebrew gymnasium, where
he also participated in the student performance of "Khnh
ishbet bnyh"; later he studied piano-playing.
In 1920 he traveled together
with his parents to Kovno, where he acted from time to
time in small roles in his father's troupes. Here he
also became the main introducer of "Maccabee" and was
the director of amateur productions. In Kovno L. also
completed a Russian gymnasium.
In 1923 he returned to Vilna
and became the head of a group of "Hashomer Hatzair",
then for a short time acted in Yiddish, directed a
Russian production and worked as an assistant procurer
for the building of the Yiddish folks theatre in Vilna.
Now L. toured as a
professional "fat comic" with a provincial troupe,
acting afterwards with M. Lipman in the Vilna folks
theatre, later with Clara Young and with Morris Liampe.
For a short time L. worked as a bookkeeper and a lumber
In May of 1929 L. joined the
Vilna Troupe (Krakow), then he acted again in fat roles
with Fishl Kanapov in Vilna and later was appointed by
the theatre directorate as a business manager in
In 1931 he was taken in as a
member in the Yiddish Artists Union and acted the season
in Vilna's folk theatre. At the end of 1931 he attended
the Yiddish Musical Institute in Vilna (Director R.
Rubinstein), where he learned theatrical studies and
became for 1932-33 engaged to M. Lpman (leader in
Krakow, then in Lodz).
L. often directed one-acters
with "amateurs" in the Esperanto language.
L. had put together a
calendar of five-thousand years.
L.'s wife Sonia (Sara Mintz)
and their child, Tsila, act on the Yiddish stage.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1103.
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