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
 

Dr. A. Margolin

 

M. was born in 1894 in Bobruisk, White Russia. As a youth he was a maskhil and received a religious education. At age twenty he graduated as an extern from the gymnasium at Plotsk (Poland), and six years later graduated as a medical doctor. For two years he practiced as a doctor, he finally moving over exclusively to the writing profession, which he began later in 1904.

M. debuted as a correspondent in feuilletons in the Russian and Hebrew press, but from 1907 he dedicated himself only to the Yiddish press, where he worked as a publicist, poet, theatre critic and in feuilletons in various newspapers in Europe and America.

Since 1922 M. is an editorial member of the Chicago daily Yiddish newspaper "Courier", where he directed the Chicago theatre department, and he also wrote theatre critiques under the pseudonym "Avrahaml".

At the Chicago newspaper and in other Yiddish newspapers, M. published several critiques and papers about the work of Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Ibsen on the Yiddish stage, and a range of "revolt" articles against the songs of praise(?) from the American Yiddish press about the stage performances of the Vilna Troupe in America.

In 1914 M. translated Henri Bernstein's "Samson" and Paul Lindoy's "Der anderer", which had been staged. He also had in the "Courier" published a collection of Yiddish theatre elements of

 

an actor's "journal", folkloric stage humor and a series of characteristic examples of actress habits, superstitions and mores.

M.'s wife, Clara, a Yiddish actress, is the daughter of the actors Betty and Jacob Bleichmann.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1242.
 

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