T. was born in 1897 in Lodz,
Poland. His father was a tailor. He possessed a
beautiful voice and sang with a cantor. Due to poverty
at home, he had to at the age of eleven go away to work
in a tailor's shop. Not having the possibility to learn
in a school, and only thanks to his older sister did he
receive a little education.
Hearing at work the soldiers
sing theatre songs, he was from this so captured by it
that he also took to singing, and his employer. hearng his light "alto", spoke to him about becoming
a singer, but his father was against it.
T. [heybt on] especially the
Yiddish theatre and sang only the repertoire of the then
lover-roles as Gartelevitsh, Serotsky, and Green,
traveled to London and performed in the local Yiddish
theatre. However, due to the outbreak of the First World
War, nothing became of the plan, and for for years T.
traveled across the small villages, with sketches and
singing numbers, (together with Amzel, Rotblum et al).
The group also performed in Lodz, in the "Warsawer zal".
T. was taken into Polish
military service, traveled to Germany, where he sang in
various places, working at the same time in a tailor's
shop, leaving Germany due to Hitler's regime and he came
to America, where he had for a time sung in the chorus
of the actor Rotstein and the composer Olshanetsky,
going on tour as a singer across South America, then
Canada, until he had to stop singing due to illness,
which he benefited from again, performing in various worker