Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Leon (Leybush) Lubinski


Born on 1 May 1903 in Lentshitz, Poland. His father was a Chasid, a partner in a mill. As a five-year-old orphan he went with his mother over to Lodz, where she opened a milk vault. He learned in a cheder, and in the afternoon Russian in a governmental school, From his early youth he was enamored with Yiddish literature.

In 1914 during the outbreak of the First World War, he fled to Gostin, where he became at the age of twelve, a translator of German comedies, a Jew. For one-and-a-half years he was brought in Bloshka into an internment camp, then her returned to Gostin, where again became a translator for a veterinarian. Here he also became a member in the Jungbund. In 1916 he was connected to an amateur group under the direction of Adam Domb and began to act in youthful roles, then from time to time with professional actors.

From 1920-22 he acted in Lodz in dramas, then went away to the military. He returned, acting with "Unzer vinkl", "Hazmir" (directors: Bekher, Tsviling).

He immigrated to Mexico, where at first L. acted with amateurs, then since 1927 in a Yiddish professional troupe which wandered across Central and South America and hit for the first time the

"tent" of the Yiddish theatre in Mexico (Leon and Celia Zuckerberg, Morris and Rose Brown, Morris and Genya Gelber, Aaron Alexandrov, Nathan and Sarah Ginter). Remaining in Mexico, L. was from then on continuously associated with Yiddish professional productions, in which he participated  as a guest-star with Joseph Shoengold, Frances Adler, Jacob and Charlotte Goldstein, Janet Paskewitz, Maurice Krohner, Clara Young, Betty Frank, Benjamin Blank, Jacob Zanger, Sylvia Fishman, Abe Lax, Jacob Berlin, Zigmund Turkow, Esther Perlman, Betty and Leon Rabinowitz, Ethel and Abe Dorf, Abraham Teitelbaum, Isidore Meltzer, Ludwig Satz, Rose Wallerstein, Oscar Ostroff, Yetta Zwerling, Seymour Rechzeit and Michael Rosenberg.

L. himself also was taken with arranging a range of productions with Maurice Schwartz and Leonid Sokolov, with whom he had performed, and in the most recent years he has participated continuously in the productions which Morris Brown has staged with local professional actors.

L.'s wife, Elka Lubinski, a sister of the poet Yitzhak Berliner (born on 24 May 1904 in Lodz and died 15 May 1945 in Mexico), also had participated in the Yiddish productions in Mexico.

L.'s brother-in-law is the editor of "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", Zalmen Zylbercweig, the husband of the actress Celia Silver [Zuckerberg].

M. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 3068.

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