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
 

W. Weintraub

 

Born in Lovitsh (Łowicz), Poland, to Chasidic parents. As a child, W. used to draw various "personages" with a crayon at home and in cheder. Through a cousin who had brought him oil paints and a paint brush, W. took to painting and then kneaded the figure of "David and Goliath", etc., which was noticed by the local Polish arts connoisseur, Torchinsky who exhibited in an art exhibition. The Polish painter Stsheminski became interested in W. and taught him the profession, and also took him on further excursions to become more familiar with nature.

In 1909, W. arrived in Warsaw and with difficulty succeeded in getting himselr into the painting academy, later sending himself to  the chairman of the Polish arts society "Zakhenta" to Pars, where W. studied and painted theatre scenery.

Returning to Warsaw, W. dedicated himself to the Yiddish theatre, for which he created the scenery for Gutskov's "Uriel Acosta", Katsenelson's "Karikaturn", Opatoshu's "Heym blut", Rolland's "Wolves", Broderzon's "David and Bathsheba", Asch's "Kiddush Hashem", Malach's "Farkoyfte hertser" [also performed under the name "Ibergus" and "Gasn-meydlekh"], O'Neill's "Di tauh," et al.

W. especially was dedicated to the Yiddish small arts stage and painted many sets for "Azazel" and "Sambatyon".

 

  • Sh. L. Schneiderman -- Baym maler w. vayntroyb, "Literarishe bleter", 135, 1926.

  •  B. Z---n. -- Der groyser prub fun kleynkunst-teater "Azazel", "Np"bl", Lodz, 13 June 1926.

  • Michael Weichert -- "Teater un drame", II, pp. 18-20, 63-66.

  • Max Gelir -- Ven es hobn zikh tseshotn zene ershte loys-figurn, "Kleyne folkstsaytung", Warsaw, 1 June 1928.

  • W. Weintraub -- Di badaytung fun dekoratsye in teater, "Literarishe bleter", 8, 1930.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 685.
 

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