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
 

Asher Leyb Nirenberg

 

N. was born in 1890 in Ruzhany, Grodno circle, Poland, to parents of whom the mother died when he was three, and N. was raised by his grandmother. Later N. moved to Lodz, where he completed Yorontshinski's school. In 1905 he became an employee in a [zeyd] business. Afterwards he learned as an electrical mechanic and later as a [zokn] worker. He traveled to Germany, and there N. acted  in Cologne in Yiddish with an amateur group ("Simeon" in Gordin's "Der vilder mentsh"), and then in Lodz, already as a professional, in the vaudeville houses, for which he also wrote "vaudeville" by himself.

In 1912 N. acted "Pastor Manders" in H. Yedvab's offering of Ibsen's "Neyster" and soon thereafter he entered into the Skala Theatre (Director -- Adler-Serotsky), where he acted for several years. Later N. took a large part in the organization of member troupes, and he acted in the Polish province, also in the member troupe in Lodz's philharmonic.

The last years N. suffered a heart illness and was in the hospital more than on the stage.

N. was heard to be an intelligent Yiddish performer and he had [geshterbt] to a better Yiddish stage. To his [ern-ovntn] he used to always perform in better plays.

He was chairman in various troupe-[ratn] and several times was chosen to be part of the Lodz management of the Yiddish Artists Union in Poland.

 

He became paralyzed, and N. on 21 November 1928 he passed away in Lodz.

N.'s wife, Rachel (Bombe), had for a short time acted on the Yiddish stage, and in the beginning of 1928 passed away in Lodz.

  • Y. Rakov -- W. Neuhaus -- Asher Leyb Nirenberg, "Ilustitre vokh", Warsaw, 25, 1928.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1425.
 

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