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
 

Herman Tunis
(Chaim-Hersh Ovend)
 

 

T. was born on 14 October 1900 in Bzhezhani (Brzeżany), Eastern Galicia. His father was the owner of a guesthouse, where Broder Singers used to perform.

He learned in a cheder, then with a local rabbi. He completed a folkshul and a two-class gymnasium. in 1913 he went away to England to a relative and worked in his chocolate factory.

During the war he returned and migrated in 1916 to Vienna, where he did various jobs, until Jonah Reyzman took him into the Yiddish theatre as a prompter. After eight years of prompting in various troupes in Vienna, Rumania, the Czech Republic and Yugoslavia, T. debuted in 1926 in Munkacs with the Shtramer troupe as "Khatskel drakhme" in Gordin's "God, Man and Devil" and acted afterwards for a season with Yungvirt in the Czech Republic and Yugoslavia. In 1928 he was with Emil Frides' troupe in Vienna, then with other Yiddish troupes in Vienna.

T. was he first prompter in the different Yiddish troupes of Vienna.
 

M. E.

M. E. from Jacob Mestel.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 865.
 

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