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
 

Irving Taub

 

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 clubs.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4960.
 

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