Born in 1878 in a derfl
Strasoli (Stara Sól-ed.), near Lemberg, Galicia,
to wealthy parents, land owners, according to actor
Julius Gutman, [and] the father was a lumber merchant.
According to her
autobiography, her father was descended from R' Meir
Premishlander, and her mother (Sheyndl Risa Titl) from
the Ropshitser race/breed. She became an orphan at age
ten, when she became taken in by an aunt in Tarnow, an
owner of a restaurant, during the guest appearance of
the Yiddish troupe under the direction of Kalmen
Juvelier. She was introduced to the business manager and
stage director Moshe Shoyder with whom she wed (he
passed away in 1909 in Kolomea, and she went away win
the troupe to Romania. Here she went over to Avraham
Akselrad's troupe, where she debuted as "Shtubmeydl" in
Goldfaden's "La skhmud", and, with the encouragement of
the regisseur Itsikl Goldenburg, she soon began to act
in dramatic and grand-dame roles. She acted for several
years under various directors across Romania, Bukovina,
Galicia and Germany. In 1910 she again married, a circus
director. Not contented with married life, she opened a
coffee house in Kolomea, and withdrew from the theatre.
Having relatives in America,
and many performers who came from Galicia, in January
1911 she traveled to America, where she performed as the
"tsmkhte" in Rakov's "Der btln", and "Dora" by
Shliferstein. After acting in New York and in the
out in October 1913 to
Argentina, where she performed in Buenos Aires in "Chanele
the Seamstress" and "Chasia the Orphan" (with Perlman,
Tsukerman, Lager and Gutentag), and went over (for six
months) to the troupe, where she acted with the
guest-starring M. D. Vaksman and Max Breen, and then
traveled due to family conditions, to Constantinople,
where she participated in two productions with
"amateurs", went to Romania, where she acted for two
months under the direction of Adlf Segal, then across
Hungary, Austria, where she was in several productions
until she returned to Galicia. Acting in the role of
"Zelda" in Gordin's "Der vilder mentsh (The Wild Man)"
in Snyatin, she became ill in the middle of a
production, and she had to be taken to a hospital, from
where she emerged an invalid, and so she went with a
cane to Kolomea, where she opened a small coffee house.
In 1916 she to Kolomea to rest, and she barely began her
life in Vienna (Austria), where she stayed for two
months, and she returned to Lemberg to her family.
Initially in 1918 she again returned to Kolomea, and
didn't find any of her assets, and she became a partner
in a local coffee house. In 1919 she brought to Kolomea
a Yiddish troupe with whom she performed and traveled
with them until she came in February 1919 to Proskurov
during the large pogrom, organized by Petluran. S. was
wounded and soon returned after several weeks sick, to
Kolomea, where in 1921 she continued to act in Yiddish
theatre. After her marriage to a local mechanic, David
Kroythamer, she withdrew from the stage.
Julius Gutman remembered her
as a mother- and grand-dame-role player in the troupes
of Tanentsap and Ber Hart across the Galician province.
Sh. E. and M.
E. from Julius Gutman.