Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Moshe (Muni) Pastor
P. was born on 26 May 1898
in Lodz, Poland.
His father was a shoemaker.
After he had learned in the
cheder, he sang in the choir of the "Deytsher Sinagogue
(German Synagogue)", led by its director Darguzhanski.
He finished the school for tradesmen in Lodz and as a
youngster participated in the Hebrew production of Yitzhok Katzenelson's "Habima hebrit", later
participating in the Hebrew and Yiddish productions of
"Lida" [directed by Zalmen Zylbercweig].
In 1917 he became a
professional actor in M. D. Vaksman's troupe, later
going across to the troupe of Julius Adler and Herman
Serotsky. In 1924 he was engaged at the Warsaw
"Central" Theatre and participated in the tour with the
troupe across Poland. In 1926 he went with Kompaneyets'
troupe to Rumania, and there he later got married with
the actress Sevilla Ziegler and became the regisseur of
the operetta repertoire for his father-in-law,
Moshe Ziegler's troupe, with whom he went across Austria
and Hungary with, as well as Czechoslovakia, Poland and
Zalmen Zylbercweig, who had
happened [p'n] in 1928 in Ziegler's troupe, relates that
he was very popular with the theatre audiences. He truly
exhibited himself as a fine fat-lover, a good
dancer and as a
knowledgeable regisseur [oyftsufirt oyf a
sheynem ufn operetn] under the difficult
conditions of an itinerant troupe, often across
small cities and towns [on geherike
aksesarn], as the necessary decorations,
lighting, chorus, dancers, orchestras and tools
with which operetta productions were associated
According to Julian
Schwartz, the Ziegler troupe was found in
Austria when the country became occupied by the
Nazis. The troupe soon thereafter was forced to
go to Rumania, but P. as a Polish citizen, was
taken by the Nazis to Poland, where he was
Sh. E. from
Zalmen Zylbercweig and Julian Schwartz.
the Yiddish Theatre", New York, 1959, Vol.
III, p. 1942.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 3861.
You can also read the Lexicon's initial biography of Moshe Pastor in its volume
3 by clicking here.
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