Born on 3 November 1909 in
Vilna, Polish Lithuania. Her parents were small
merchants. She learned in an elementary school. In 1914
she began to act in children's roles and sang in the
children's chorus in Genfer's troupe.
In 1917 N. acted
in young roles in the troupe of Kompaneyets-Fishzon in
Kharkov. From 1918-1926 she was in various Yiddish
troupes in Lithuania and Latvia. In 1927 she was in
Riga's Yiddish State Theatre. In 1928 she was in Vilna's
Folks Theatre and then as a young dramatic actress in
the Lodz member's troupe, and later in other troupes across
Poland, together with her husband, the actor Julius Rakov.
When the Germans had on 11
May 1940 created the Lodz Ghetto, there had been among
the twelve local Yiddish professional theatres N. and
her husband, who from time to time had participated in the
productions, which were directed by Moshe Pulaver.
According to Jonas Turkow, "Rakov
with his wife Nerah --both fine actors -- worked and
were killed in the Lodz Ghetto."
According to Moshe Pulaver,
Rakov became sick in the ghetto and died. According to
Avraham Kirshenboym, after he husband's death, N. went
around begging. She went out of her mind, and she had
found a death behind a cloister on Koshtselnagasse in
M. E. from
"Lexicon of Yiddish
Theatre", Warsaw, Vol. II, 1934, p. 1432.
Jonas Turkow -- "Farloshene
shtern", Buenos Aires", 1953, Volume II, p. 121.
Moshe Pulaver -- "Geveniz
a geto", Tel Aviv, 1963, pp. 59-60.