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
 

Dr. Nathan Swerdlin

 

S. was born on 4 December 1907 in Kupishok, Kovno Gubernia, Lithuania. His father was an optician who took him over to Vilna with his family where S. had a national-religious upbringing, learned in a cheder, yeshiva and afterwards in the first Vilna Jewish gymnasium, and later finished the local Polish gymnasium. He studied history, [yuri] and political science, at the university in Vilna, was General Secretary, and afterwards a parser for a Yiddish student union in Vilna, debuting with articles in "Tribuna akademitska", and he became a permanent worker and late-night editor for the [union=yunistisher] newspaper "Di tseyt", where he also wrote about theatre and film.

In 1936 he came to New York, where he priori was teacher in a shul and later organized for the Jewish National Workers' Union, studied at New York University (NYU) and Chicago, and he earned his doctorate with the dissertation "The Peaceful Reading of International Conflicts (People's Bund)."

He became a permanent staff member of the "Tog (Day)", later known as "Togmorgen dzurnal (The Jewish Day Journal)", where he worked under various journalists.

He was also the theatre and film editor (known as S. Nathan) and became a critic. S. also published articles about the Yiddish theatre in "Di tsukunft" and the Parisian journal "Teater-shpiegel (Theatre Mirror)".

 

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S. meanwhile remained for three terms as president of the movie critics of the foreign language press in America (Film Critics Circle -ed.), vice-president, and since 1958, president of the I. L. Peretz Yiddish Writers' Union. S. was a member of the committee for the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre".


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2234.
 

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