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
 

Yakov Pyekarnik
 

 

P. was born on 5 August 1889 in Warsaw, Poland.

He finished a folkshul.

At the age of thirteen he sung with a cantor and afterwards together with the late actor Leybl Viner, and they performed at simchas.

In 1905 he performed in Kompaneyets' troupe at the Muranov Theatre, under the direction of Mark Arnstein, debuting as the "Rosh hakhol" in Shomer's "Der idisher prints", later acting in Julius Adler's troupe across the Polish province, later with Tsipkus and Lipovski and since 1913 in Vienna with Ziegler, across the province in Galicia and in Paris with Morris Axelrad.

During the First World War (at a time when acting in the Yiddish theatre was forbidden), he learned a trade, with which he worked for a year's time. Later he was a co-founder of the Perets Theatre in Paris and acted until 1921 in Paris and Antwerp, going to Romania where he acted with Ziegler, later in Bucharest with Goldenberg, in Iasi with Aschkenazy, as well as with the guest star Picon and Silbert.

In 1924 P. came back to Paris, where he acted until the Hitler invasion. His further fate is unknown.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 687.
Also see Yakov's amended biography in the Lexicon's volume 5, its memorial edition.
 

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