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 Weiner
 

Born in 1875 in Peterburg, Russia. At the age of thirteen she entered into work in a factory, early on as a lern-meydl, then as a worker. W. early on became attracted to and joined the revolutionary movement. She completed a feldsher course, working in this profession in an entire series of cities, while directing at the same time societal activity.

W. proved to be very successful in her youth, when she used to on the worker-maiaukes performed with lectures or participated in amateur productions. In 1919, when the Jewish commissariat in the former Petrograd was interested in creating a Jewish state theatre, W. did not look her forty-four years, and she joined the studio and then became a professional actress.

On 8 April 1934 W. passed away.

In the necrology in "Emes," it is stated by S. Mikhoels and B. Zuskin:

"For the entire fifteen years, H. Weiner has worked in our theatre, [where] she manifested her .... and strong attitude for the work and a serious attitude in everything that she created. These qualities prevented her until her last days of her life, when it was from a difficult heart ailment, she had not suffered, and she worked with the the latest forces of the stage. A day before her death, not looking upon her very difficult condition, she had small, uprooted ? [eyngeshrumpene altitshke], with a stubbornness that she experienced during this last production until, as we had said,

 


[she was] not already in the younger years. In service at the front of our Jewish-Soviet culture in Paris were long and friendly. The actors had socially a friend Weiner ,who was a pioneer, one of the well-known and ideologically based activists."

  • Necrology in "Emes," 11 April 1934.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 7, page 6231.
 

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