Born in 1898 in Lodz,
Poland, into a merchant family. He completed a
Yiddish-Polish gymnasium, later for a time worked in a
printing shop. In his younger years he directed with the
dramatic studio "Baginen" for the "Bund" in Lodz. He
studied in David Herman's theatre studio, and then
became a member in his troupe. W. acted in the
small-arts theatres "Ararat" and "Azazel", for which he
wrote one-acters and scenes. He also printed articles
about Yiddish theatre in the Yiddish periodic press.
W. translated into Yiddish
Pirandela's "Henrikh der ferter" (staged in Jonas
Turkow's troupe), H. Baum's "Glikl fun hameln"
(performed by Ida Kaminska), and the play "Dole vapfer"
("Flaterkop"), a play of love in three acts by Johann
According to Jonas Turkow,
W. was called "Sam", and also directed with a dramatic
On 9 November 1928 W. staged
with the Vlotslavka section of the "Yidishe bine",
Sholem Aleichem's "Goldgrebber (Golddiggers)".
In 1937 he, together with
Hersh Glovinsky, became the leaders of the Yiddish
theatre in Danzig. On 10 April 1937 he had, with Pearl
Urich and Jacob Mandelblit, staged in Danzig his
operetta in two acts, "Mitn Khkh fun tlis ktn"., music
by R. Karude. In July 1937 he had, together with Jacob
Mandelblit, organized a theatre collective "Akord"
(ensemble, comedies, operettas, revue,