V. was born on 20 July 1889
in Lemberg, Galicia.
His father was a clothing
merchant and the head of a tailor work stand.
He learned in cheder and in
a school. He sang in temple and in the children's chorus
of the Yiddish theatre.
Not satisfied, he began to
act in comedy roles with "amateurs", however his parents
were not satisfied thereof and put him into a hat
business, but V. acted again with the "amateurs", and in
1911 he fled to Kolomea and into Norbert Glimer's
troupe, where he debuted as "Motele" in "God, Man and
After acting a year in the
troupe, V. crossed over to a member's troupe, afterwards
into a chorus of Hart in Stanislawow, acting at the same
time in roles. In 1913 V. with the member's troupe was
known for palepade. In wartime he together
with "amateurs" created a troupe in Krakow, and afterwards as a
prisoner-of-war he acted in Yiddish theatre in the
From 1915-20 he acted with
Podzamce in Vienna, later for a short time in Romania.
From 1922-23, he worked in
cafe houses, until he went back in 1924 into the Vienna
A. Eyzenshlos -- Yidishe
teater in di estreykhishe barakn-lagers ("Teater-zkhrunut),"
Red. Z. Zylbercweig, Vilna 1928, pp. 11-26).