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
 

Alter Melitzer
(Alter Hertz)


M. was born in Mielec, near Sarnov, Galicia.

His father was a businessman.

He learned in a cheder and Beit HaMedrash. His [difficult=shver], his father's brother, Israel Menakhem Mendl Hertz, was a badkhan and had taken his ideas to badkhans. As a religious badkhan, M. with pleasure used to be invited to weddings in Galicia. Later on -- as it is said in a correspondence in R. A. Broyde's "Evri ankhi" -- in the [hoyfn] of "gute yidn".

M.'s name was so popular, that people used to call on him for weddings and other joyous occasions in Berlin and London.

M. specialized in comical scenes together with his son Israel Mendl. Most of the time he used to [perform] as a "shlumiel", performing as "men nemt im tsu di zelber [one takes it to the soldier]?". In this connection, he used his cane as a "gun" [compared to "Recruits" by Avraham Goldfaden -- "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, p. 285]. M. used to read [fargrimirn] and especially "doing tricks [makhn kuntsn]" with his large nose, which he used to be able to draw, literally to the stars.

M.'s son, Israel Mendl, became a badkhan in Berlin, and he used to "work" together with his son.

M. had two other sons, who used to perform together with him: Monele and Moshele, who used to disappear without a trace behind[?]

M.'s cousin is the Yiddish actress Helena Bernardi, M.'s relative Israel Mendl Hertz in Detroit (America), a singer of Yiddish folksongs.


M. E. from Israel-Mendl Hertz.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1,  page 1351.
 

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