P. was born on 5 August 1888
in Warsaw, Poland. He finished a folkshul.
At the age of thirteen he
sung with a cantor and afterwards together with the late
actor Leibl Viner, and they performed at simkhas.
In 1905 he performed in
Kompaneyets' troupe at the Muranow Theatre under the
by Mark Arnstein, debuting as the "Rosh hakohl" in Shomer's
"The Jewish Prince," later acting in Julius Adler's
troupe across the Polish province, later with Tsipkus
and Lipovski, and since 1913 in Vienna with M. Ziegler
across the province in Galicia and in Paris with Morris
During the First World War
(at a time when acting in the Yiddish theatre was
forbidden), he learned a trade, in which he worked for
a year's time. Later he was a co-founder of the Peretz
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 Ashkenazy, as
with the guest stars Molly Picon and Jacob Silbert. He
returned to Paris, where he acted with the directors
Blumental, Burshtin, and member troupes, as well as with
Maurice Schwartz, during his guest-appearance in Paris.
P. also participated in Yiddish theatre troupes in
Antwerp, Brussels and London. And the Second World War
took him to Paris.
When he was caught when the
Germans were arresting Jews in Paris, he endured by not
going out of his house. However, in July 1942 he felt a
deep desire to find out what was happening in the world,
and he went out to buy a newspaper. They soon arrested