Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Avraham Stober


Born in 1908 in Warsaw, Poland, into a merchant family. Because of this, that his parents passed away early on, he had to at the age of thirteen go to work so that he could dergern. He worked as an errand boy in a large Warsaw trading firm, and in the evening he learned in a trade school. After graduating from the school he became a bookkeeper-correspondent at the same firm.

In 1926 he entered Dr. Weichert's dramatic studio, where he also became its secretary. In 1933 when the studio transformed into Warsaw's "Yung Theatre," S. became one of their actors and was involved in all stages of the theatre in Warsaw and on their tours. S. excelled in the productions of L. Malach's "Mississippi," Goldfaden's "Two Kuni Lemels," (in L. Brand's adaptation as "Tanentsop"), and in Jacob Prager's "Simkhe Plakhte."

About the "Yung Theatre" break-up, S. became engaged to Krakow's Yiddish summer theatre in 1936 to play in operettas and melodramas. As he passed badly in the theatre, he quickly returned to Warsaw, and when the "Yung Theatre" re-organized under a new name--"New Theatre"--he played there, and in 1938 in Vilna he performed in Herman Heyerman's play, "Lost Hope" (in the role of 'Barent,' in which he excelled), and in Theodore Dreiser's "American Tragedy" he made a strong impression in the episodic role of the "flower seller." In Vilna he also married the actress Ida Nelkin, and they created a comfortable home.

About his last years and his tragic end, Sh. Blacher writes:


"In 1939-40 he acted with 'V.I.K.T.' In 1941 he joined the artistic bashtand of the Jewish State Theatre. Stober created a fin likeness in the production of Daniel's 'Julius.' in the role of a young Kamunar Seibl [?]. His best role, however, was in the last production of the Vilna State Theatre in Sholem Aleichem's '200,000,' in the role of a poor tailor's apprentice Kopl Falban. The role is.... Stober was extremely successful, and everyone said that he had an enormous success. ... Stober, who had a lung illness, thanks to this this, had received the opportunity not to have to go on tours, and only sat in place, repairing very well physically. He is diker and became even brighter. Having his wife (who had, according to Sh. Katsherginski, been wounded), a faithful helper, who was concerned for him. also materially, he had the opportunity to develop. But the horror of the upcoming war had disturbed everyone.

On a Sunday July day, there were across Vilna black motor taxis traveling about. Farfarn for a gate where the Jews lived, the autos used to stop, and all the Jewish men would go out. In one of the auto stops on Subatsh (sp) Street no 6-A, whre Stober was a guest of a friend, a Vilna worker had gone out with him and were led away."

  • Sh. Bliacher-- "Eyn un tsvantsik un eyer," New York, 1962, pages 73-75.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3900.

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