Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Moshe Shtabziv


Born in 1895 in Warsaw, Poland. In his younger years he went through a dramatic school here. Not being able to reach the Polish stage, he assembled an amateur group of youths with whom he toured across the Polish province.

Several years after the First World War, S. visited Paris, France, and strove there to act in Yiddish theatre, but not meeting those institutions, he was forced to take on another profession. When the First World War had begun, the news about the Poland about the terrible hunger and need by the local Jewish folk masses, S. organized, together with the Paris society-culture and theatre elements a Yiddish theatre, which also gave financial assistance to the Jewish masses in Poland. He also had, together with his wife, helped found a folks chorus "Hazamir", which became very popular with the Jews in Paris, and every expense(?) was going well for the existing Jews in Poland.

After the First World War, S. finally received the opportunity again to act in Yiddish theatre, and together with Hersh Grossbard, he performed in Hirshbein's "Griner felder", "Shmids tekhter", Pinski's "Yankl der shmid", Shakespeare's "Shylock", et al. His efforts, however,  to stabilize the theatre productions for literary repertoire had him not eyngegangen, and not wanting to surrender to shund repertoire, he only acted from time to time, participating only in true artistic repertoire.

In 1941 he, together with ten thousand Jews from France, were deported by the Nazis and killed by them.

Yechezkel Kornhendler writes:

"About Shtabziv, named Meir [Moshe], was a fine amateur and acts in the "Maske" under the direction of Leyzer Dorn eih, according to his acting, which he certainly acts in more plays. However, he is remembered in two productions; in Chechkov's "Predlozhenye" (D. H. "Der forshlag") as Lomov (so is poetry itself(?), the young man who comes to a matchmaker), and as "the prince" in the Tunkler's "Tsip tsap drip -- the Chinese bogdichan, or the small Jew (prince of Plaske Drige). Meir Shtabziv, was an ideal person, killed in deportation".

Sh. E. from his brother-in-law Yechkezkel Kornhendler.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4839.

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