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
 

Leybush Shpitalnik

 

Born in 188.... in a village near Sharivke, not far from Proskurov, Podolia, into a Chasidic well-to-do family. He became an orphan in his fifth year, and his pious grandfather was his first rabbi, with whom he learned Chumash, Rashi, and later Gemora. Until age seventeen, he was brought to Podolia, where he learned with the best melamdim and also studied general subjects in a gymnasium.

In 1912 the future writer A. Beyzer found him in Proskurov, completing the two-class Russian kreyz school and enared income from giving lessons in Russian. He then heard there about a legal worker's party, which had staged a strike.

In order to avoid military service, he "gegnbet the borders" and went away to America.

Here he became a teacher in the Yiddish schools, and he had the opportunity to translate and adapt children's stories for Engun, Bialik, Berkowitz, Yehuda Steinberg et al., Hebrew writers, and they published in "Kinder zhurnal (Children's Journal)", where he also printed several plays for children.

S. had a number of chapters from his memoirs published in "Amerikaner" under the name "A yid fun podlia", and in other editions, and strove to issue it in a book.

 

On 13 June 1962, Sh. passed away in New York, his large library he had in his testament written for "YIVO".

His close friend and colleague, Y. Zilberberg, characterized him as such:

"He ranks in himself the Podolia introductory(?) Yiddish, that had deeply been felt in his speech .....more to translate....


Sh. E. from A. Beyzer

  • N. [Y.] Zilberberg -- Lerer un shreyber, "Day Morning Journal", N. Y., 14 July 1962.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 3585.
 

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