Born circa 1850 in Terespol,
Ukraine. Father -- a merchant, used to buy brass cores
excluded by the military.
M. learned in a gymnasium in
Odessa, then studied dentistry and from there went away
to Romania, where he migrated with gypsy troupes, then
entered into Yiddish theatre and acted with Mogulesko
[an image of Shoengold in their roles in one of the
first productions of Yiddish theatre in Russia, in
Shomer's play "Der diskontist", printed in the "Forward"
of 19 April 1929]. Later M. went over to the troupes of
Tanentsap, Juvelier, Samuel Ferkoyf, Giltman, Treitler
and then again acting in Odessa and in Romania.
Around 1886 he had, in
Czernowitz, by himself directed with a troupe, in which
Mendel and Bina Abramowitz, Nachum-Feivel (Philip)
Weisenfreund et al. had acted.
Boris Thomashefsky recalls
that at the end of the eightieth year of the nineteenth
century, M. arrived with European repertoire and acted
in his provincial troupes, and soon returned to Europe.
Z. Riminik recalls in his
"Theatre Book",[from] documents in the archive of the
Odessa city hall,[there are] interesting details about
the efforts of M. as an ostensibly Turkish untertan,
of the arrival in 1897 in Russia and perform "German"