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
 

Helena Vaysman

 

V. was born on 5 October 1889 in Lemberg, Galicia.

Her father was a clockmaker.

She studied in a primary school and learned Yiddish with a tutor.

As a child she sung at temple and, because of the bad economical situation at home, she became a tailor.

Later she began to act with "amateurs", singing to guests with her brother in Czernowitz. She then entered into the chorus and also had a small role with the troupe of Avraham Axelrad.

After a short time, she went back to Lemberg where Tanentsop engaged her for the provinces. Afterwards she went over to Ebell, and then again to Axelrad in Czernowitz and its environs, where she already acted as a prima donna.

Later V. acted for three years with Adolf Teltser across the Galician province, a few years again with Axelrad and Ebell, until she immigrated during the outbreak of the World War to Bucharest. There she acted for three years for Itsikl Goldenberg, and Kaner, a single year with Aschkenazy, and Ziegler in Bucharest, Iasi and in the provinces.
 

 

In 1924 she was in Paris with a member troupe, and afterwards was in Antwerp with Clara Young, again in Paris with Rosenfeld, a short time with Thomashefsky in Paris and Antwerp, later in a member's troupe in Czechoslovakia and since 1926 in Vienna.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 701.
 

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