M. was born in Mielec, near Sarnov, Galicia.
His father was a
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
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
M. E. from Israel-Mendl Hertz.