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
 

Mordechai-Chaim Titelman
 

 

T. was born in 1872 in Warsaw, Poland. His parents were merchants. He learned in his youth in a yeshiva and secretly outside courses.

His parents gave him into a leather business, he became known to the actor Gottfried, who took him into the then Yiddish theatre "Eldorado", and T. sensed a deep striving to test his talent on the stage boards.

T. remained on the stage and soon became a name as a prudent and good actor. A short time after that he became regisseur and organized several troupes, with whom he traveled across Russia with, where he acquired a great name for himself.

In 1907, when Zandberg founded the Lodz Grand Theatre a stable Yiddish troupe, T. there was the premier actor and regisseur, reading especially [akht oyf] decoration and costumes. Several years later T. founded in Lodz a "United Troupe", with which he staged serious dramas, including for the first time Katzenelson's "Karikaturn".

T. was -- according to Z. Zylbercweig -- the coach of a young generation of Yiddish artists. But the various [glgulim], which a Yiddish actor had to at every time participate in, work very well on his health condition: his voice lost its splendor, later receiving a paralysis, and from an active actor T. became a theatrical understudy. A Jew -- a [pkh], always found to be a proverbial

 [optsulakhn] of a [durkhfal] and expressed some originality about a successful production. From time to time he attempted his strengths on the stage. After each such production he was all serious and sadly [geshtimt].

On 18 May 1921 T. passed away in Lodz. T.'s daughter, Polya, had for a long time acted in children's roles.


M. E.

M. Myodovnik -- Meyne teater zkhrunut, "Der shtern", Journal, Minsk, N' 1, 1926.
 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 875.
 

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