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
 

Yedidya Margolis


M. was born 22 September 1884 in the village of Pustiki, Grodno region, Polish Lithuania, into a family of the first Yiddish colonists in the Glilih(?) (Volkovisk region). His father was a lumber merchant, a maskil (cultured, intelligent person).

From age six until fourteen he learned with melamdim (religious teachers) in the nearby shtetl of Porezeva, then until age seventeen in yeshivas and with a private teacher in Volkovisk, then he occupied himself with self-education, and he studied language, philosophy, music, painting and theatre. Under the influence of his father he read Hebrew and Russian literature and began to write lyric philosophical songs in Hebrew . For fifteen years he was in the Bundist organization.

In 1904 he debuted in Reyzen's collection "Yohrbukh progres", then he immigrated to New York, where he for four years was a machine worker and he published skits, songs and literary notices in the local various periodical issues.

Being in America, M. published his drama "Fn leben" in Philadelphia's "Der idisher kempfer" (16-19, 1906).

In 1908 he returned to Poland, where he later issued several books. Among them are: "Shir hikhud, a drama in three acts, Warsaw, Tre'd" [1913, 56 pp., 16].

In 1915 he settled in Russia, where he works until today. Among his published books in the Soviet Union, one also finds his plays "Amkha, a folks-drama in three acts" [1923, 28 p., 24].

  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 479-482.

  • Be.-mkhshbut -- Tsvey dramas, "Di yidishe velt", Vilna, Dekabr. 1913.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2,  page 1380.
 

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