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
 

Benny Schoengold
(Bernard)
 

Born in 1881 in Bucharest, Romania.

He was the eldest son of the first Yiddish actors Aba and Chaya Sura Shoengold. At the age of six he came to America with his parents where he graduated from high school. For a half-year he studied to be a doctor, not expecting to become an actor. On the advice of Thomashefsky he became a cigar maker and at night begin to act in the Yiddish theatre, having the opportunity to act with Berta Kalich.

Sigmund Feinman brought him to play with him in London's "Pavilion Theatre."

In 1908, he acted in Argentina, afterwards in Paris and then back in America, where he became a director of a provincial troupe, with which he traveled until California.

In May 1914 he again came to London. However he acted only for one week because of the outbreak of the First World War, transferred the production and brought it back home. On the way, out of fear for the submarines and out of his mind, he saw soldiers everywhere and "heard" shouts and cries.

He was taken into a house for the mentally ill.

 

On 21 September 1915 he died in New York, and he came to his eternal rest at Washington Cemetery [in Brooklyn, New York-- ed.]

S. took part in the film "Dos harts fun a yid (The Jewish Heart)."

S. excelled in lover roles and was famous for his beautiful body.
 

M. E. from his daughter.

  • Zalmen Zylbercweig-- "Album of the Yiddish Theatre," New York, 1934, p. 22.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 2561.
 

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