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
 

Chaim Polanski
 

P. was born on 20 July 1892 in Uman, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.

Due to a [right of habitat=vuvin-rekht], his family was sent away, and they settled in Lodz, Poland, where his father became a worker in a beer brewery. He completed three classes in a private school and learned Yiddish privately, later becoming an employee in a manufacturing business.

In 1915, after he became known to actor Sh. Hershkovits, he became associated with the theatre, debuting in Lublin, and afterwards he went around with the troupe across Poland. In 1918 he performed in the Lodz Skala Theatre (directed by Julius Adler and Herman Serotsky), and he performed for three years with Leonid Sokolov across Kovno, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the "Yiddish Dramatic Theatre". In 1922 he returned to Lodz and due to family reasons, for four years he didn't participated in the theatre. Since 1926 he acted in the theatre, most of the time in Lodz. Also he participated in many tours across the province.

P. dramatized Emil Zola's novel "Nantes", also known as "Der gekoyfter man", that was performed in Lodz's "Grand Theatre" (directed by Adler-Serotsky-Zandberg-Vaksman), and he translated some one-acters from Polish.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 1634.
You can read Chaim's amended biography in the Lexicon's memorial volume, no. 5, by clicking here.
 

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