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
 

Mordechai Schwartz


 

.Born on 17 December 1872 in Nikhumts, Romania, to pious parents who gave him a very religious education. Very early he sang in a chorus in the guest-starring troupe of Mordechai Segalesko. Not wanting to become a teacher, he gave himself over to become a craftsman: he was a locksmith, a furrier/hatter, and he traveled around a little across Romania, returning home, he again went away to Bucharest, were he began to act professionally in 1890 with Aaron and Berta Rosenblum, and their daughter Liza (later -- Silbert). Aneta Akselrad, David Davidovitsh, across the small towns of Romania until the troupe united a year later with Oscar and Esther Solomonesku, Itsik and Esther Ferkoyf, and acted still in Iasi. Then Avraham Goldfaden came back from America into Bucharest and staged his operetta "Dos tsente gebot" (with the participation of the late, famous Berta Kalich). S. entered into that troupe, which performed under the direction of Lieblich during the summer in the "Zhignita", and during the winter they traveled around, across Romania, then S. traveled around across Bucharest, Austria, Krakow and Romania.

After his marriage to Adela Finkelstein, both traveled in 1905 to America, where he acted in various troupes. In the last years S. was found in an old-age home in New York, where he passed away on 20 November 1959.

S. has sent to the editors of the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" an autobiography with very many details about his itinerant ways, and his assemblage of the first Yiddish troupes in Europe.


M. E. and M. E. from Charlie Cohen.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4949.
 

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