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
 

Leah Weintraub-Graf
 

 

Born on 10 September 1888 in Botashan, Rumania

Her father worked in the Yiddish theatre. A year later she was taken with her family over to Bucharest where W. studied in the evangelical school and learned Yiddish in the home.

Due to the fact that her parents worked at the Jignitza Yiddish Theatre, W. became enamored with the actors, and at the age of fourteen she was taken into the chorus of the troupe which also toured the provinces. W.'s first role was as "A chasid" in the operetta "Di idshe velt" with Segalesco-Goldenberg.

After the departure of prima donna Betty Gutentag, W. became [bel-khrkhh], a prima donna and acted as such across the province. Since 1908, W. has acted in Vienna, Czernowitz, Paris, Galicia, Hungary and Germany.

W. was one of he first members and chief guest star in the "Der fraye yidishe folksbine (The Free Jewish People's Theatre)" in Vienna, and after that the troupe disbanded, and W. returned to local Yiddish theatres.


M. E.

"Premyshtimen fun der freyer yidsher folksbine", 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 686.
You can also read Lea's biography in the memorial Volume 5, by clicking here.
 

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