M. was born circa 1884. In
1904, when the Yiddish stage in Poland was [farfleytst]
for shund, he had -- according to Jonas Turkow -- a
group of youths decided to found a literary artists
circle, that would give the intelligent onlooker the
possibility to see the offering of a Lateiner play. In
the center of that circle stood M., who, thanks to his
intelligence, energized and [umdermidlekher] work,
became the factual leader of the circle.
The circle begun its work in
a private apartment in Warsaw on Kupietskagasse, later
at a dance school on Bzhshibovska, until he founded
his "place of sanctuary" in the newly-formed "Hazamir".
The first play, which was put on through M., was Peretz
Hirshbein's "Der inteligent".
About "Milner's Circle", as
he called it, he had grouped the Yiddish intelligent
youth, and even Yiddish students of the Polish dramatic
school joined as members. Among the students were the
late Yiddish actors Mark Schweid, Sarah Fibikh, Zigmunt
Turkow, et al.
There were also attempts
made by M. to attract professional Yiddish theatre, but
the antagonism, which each time had been heard in the
Yiddish theatre, and the fear of "literary" actors, all
of the cynic attempts that were made in wartime, M.
turned up in Russia, where he became a professional
actor in Kharkov's "Unzer vinkl", also directing with
the Kharkov dramatic circle.