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
 

Leon Mandeltort

 

M. was born in Warsaw, Poland, to a well-to-do family. Due to military conscription he went away from Poland to Lemberg and there began to participate in the productions of the Broder Singers, then became a prompter in Lemberg's Yiddish theatre.

After marrying Rose Dintenfas, M. traveled to his brother in New York and took over a small theatre on Grand Street, organizing a troupe there, which he directed in Goldfaden's plays and he alone acted in the comical character roles.

Six years later M. was with his wife, together with the actor Zilberman and wife, Cesar and Charlotte (Hurwitz) Greenberg, Feingold (later Schacht) and Leybele Schwartz engaged in South Africa through this theatre syndicate. The repertoire, most of the time, was Goldfaden's plays. As well as the acting of the troupe, having an [exception=oysgenumen], so that the West End hall, where the productions occurred, became too small for them, and the syndicate that had taken the Royal Theatre.(?)

But M. became sick and traveled to Vienna, where he had an operation on his stomach, and there on 15 May 1899 he passed away.

Sh. E. from his wife Rosa Mandeltort.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, p. 197.

  • H. Hersh -- "Idish teater in drum afrika, "South Africa", 5, 1928.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1220.
 

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