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
 

Moshe Melamed
 

 

M. was born on 25 December 1882 in Ungeny, Bessarabia, to poor parents. His father was a carpenter. Until age twelve he learned in a cheder, then he took to his father's trade, and at the same time by himself learned Hebrew and a little Russian.

Under the impression of the Shomer-Bloyshteyn literature, he began to write at the age of eighteen or nineteen small things and he published correspondences in "Der yud". He was active as a union organizer and arranged "amateur" performances, in which he also participated.

In 1905 he immigrated to America and debuted anonymously with a story in the London "Idisher ekspres". First in August 1906 he published under his name a story in Kalmen Marmor's "Idisher kemfer" and from then on he was often a collaborator in various periodical issues. In 1912 he became for four years a colonist in the western part of America, then he returned to Philadelphia, were he worked now as an editor-ember in "Di idishe velt".

M. for seven years directed the theatre department at the newspaper, in which he wrote long treatises about offerings in the Yiddish theatre (especially about Hirshbein's plays), and he published many interviews with Yiddish actors and especially encouraged the actors Muni Weisenfreund and Ludwig Satz during their first performances on the Yiddish stage in America.

M. issued in book form a story "A rge glik" and had in "Tseyt-geyst" (4 October 1897) published "Hava" (a scene in one act), t

hat soon thereafter was performed in London. In 1907 through actor Jacob Frank, M.'s one-acter of the Russian-Japanese War, and in 1917 in "Der idisher kemfer" there was published M.'s one-acter "Beym fremdn feyer".
 

Sh. E.

  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of the Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 435-436.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1337.
 

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