Born on 9 August 1889 in
Iasi, Romania, to Christian parents (his mother -- an
Italian woman, his father -- a Romanian). At six months
his father died, and when he was nine years old -- his
mother. Not being able to move over to the treatment(?)
of his other family members, W. left from his home.
After school he sang in a chorus, and W. now became
taken in by the Romanian operetta of Nico Poienaru. Two
years later, he returned to Iasi, where his family
created for him the possibility of learning in a
gymnasium and took lessons in a conservatory. At the age
of fifteen, W. became engaged in the Romanian opera- and
operetta troupe of Grigoria, but after several months
the troupe disbanded and W. entered into a circus of
Trutsi as an acrobat, and as a Romanian-Italian
interpreter, and several months later in a Romanian
revue theatre in Galatz, in which his partner, a Jew,
introduced him to the Yiddish language.
In 1907 W. left the revue
theatre and was forced to enter into work in a Jewish
bakery. Here he had the opportunity to learn several
Yiddish songs, and in 1908 entered into a Yiddish
variety, which directed to completion ibereys
with his family. Hearing more of the Yiddish language,
W. entered in Iasi into the Yiddish operetta theatre,
where he performed as a singer-lover with most
liturgical music, such as "Gavriel" in "Khinke-pinke" "Bartelo"
in "Kol Nidre", "Moritz" in "Isaac the Butcher", etc.