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
 

Gerta Rosen

 

Born in 1912 in Vienna, Austria.

Descended from a family of artists. At age six she entered into the Vienna Opera as a young dancer. At age fourteen she began her stage career. A year later she went away to Germany and there performed in various roles in the plays of Shakespeare, Goethe and Schiller. At age seventeen she acted in the main role in Vedekind's "Dervakhung fun friling", and in Shaw's "Di heylike yohana", then she entered into the Berlin great "Folks-bine", where she in the span of three years acted in prominent roles, including "Lucille" in Bikhner's "Danton's toyt", in Shakespeare's "Khlum in a zumer-nakht" and especially in the play "Di brut fon torotska", that she sang for a long time in Berlin.

After the ascension of the Hitlerists, she left Germany for Vienna, where she attended the guest-appearance of of Maurice Schwartz and expressed to him that she wanted to act in Yiddish. She learned to read and write Yiddish.

In 1937 she, through Maurice Schwartz, was brought to America, where she performed as the "Wife of Simcha Meir Ashkenazi" in Singer's "Brothers Ashkenazi" in the "Yiddish Art Theatre".

Shortly thereafter, R. traveled to Hollywood, where she was connected with the film industry. Her further career is unknown.

 

R. used to say that she is a cousin of the actress Leah Rosen, who also had acted in the "Yiddish Art Theatre".
 

Sh. E. from Moshe Strassberg and Zalmen Lehrer.

  • [--] -- Gerta rozen, "Literarisher bleter", Warsaw, N' 32, 1937.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5126.
 

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