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
 

Israel Marchevka


Born in Lodz, Poland, where he began to act in amateur circles. In 1922 he arrived in Paris, together with the "Vilna Troupe", where he had, according to Yechezkel Kornhendler, performed for the departing Hersh Grossbard.

In Paris, M. used to participate from time to time in Yiddish productions and often performed independently with reviews.

About his tragic end, his brother-in-law Wolf Abramovitsh writes:

"About the great misfortune there took place with the five thousand Jews who were gathered together -- women and children, sick and old people, they took the women with the two children of two and three years old, coming from their home from work, and he had his misfortune. He ran to the police, demanding, and they said to him where they could find him. He packed his valise and therein to the given location, but they didn't promise him(?). They had him taken in as a crazy person. He akegngeshtelt himself. Then they admitted him, and he cried out, 'If you want to kill my wife and children, also take me'; that was in Oswiecim (Auschwitz), and so he was killed with his family".
 

Sh. E. from his brother-in-law Wolf Abramovitsh.

  • "Lexicon of the New Yiddish Literature", New York, 1960, Vol. III, pp. 628-629.

  • Yechezkel Kornhendler -- Yidish teater in Paris, "Hundert yor yidish teater", London, 1962.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4788.
 

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