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
 

Mordechai-Manus Monesovits


M. was born on 15 July 1857 in Shat (Seda), Kovno, Lithuania.

His father was an old-time barber surgeon. He was educated in Janova. He learned in the yeshivas of Vilkomir, Kovno and Vilna.

In 1880 he settled in Libovna, took exams in teaching and opened a two-class school, which existed until 1910. Also for a year's time he was director of the Libov Hebrew gymnasium. In 1919 he traveled to his children in America, was a teacher in the Talmud Torah in Minneapolis, then manager of a Hebrew school in Worcester(?), and lastly in New York.

Already as a youth he publishedarticles and songs in the Hebrew press and in children's journals from Europe and America, also in various Yiddish periodical editions and issued yeshiva books in Yiddish.

M. was a co-founder of Libov's literary club "Kadimah", for which he had written twelve plays, most of the time one- and two-acters. His musical play "Di reykhe irushh" in 1916 was performed by the Vilna Troupe in Vilna.

He also had composed in Hebrew several children's plays. Several of them ""Khana" was published in Yiddish; "M. Monesovitsh. Chana and her Seven Sons, children's drama in 1 act, Yiddish, Z. Z. [Zylbercweig], publisher "Unzer teater" [Lodz, 1921, p. 27, 32] and it was performed in the Yiddish children's theatres.

Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 310-11.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1224.
 

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