Born on 7 February 1885 in
Zheskov (Rzeszow -- ed.), Galicia, to pious
parents. He learned in a cheder and privately with a
teacher. At the age of fourteen, he immigrated to
Germany, and five years later he came with his brother
to America. Here he was a buyer in a business, and he
did other work until he traveled back in 1905 to Zheshov.
1908 -- began with Yiddish journalistically and edited
various publications. In 1920 he went back to America,
where he wrote articles in the "Forward", among others,
also about theatre.
1923 -- wrote articles and
reviews about Yiddish theatre in "Der idisher vekhter"
in Cleveland. 1924 -- was theatre editor for Brooklyn's
weekly page "Unzer tsaytung", and since January 1925 --
co-editor of the Cleveland "Di idishe velt", where he
wrote each week about theatre and also published there
papers about a number of Yiddish actors.
In 1913 W. wrote the play "Tsurik
tsu got" (performed in Galicia, and in 1916 was
performed in America with him and Y. Auerbach as the
authors). The play then was published under the title "Tserisene
neshamos (Torn Souls)", a lebensbild in four
acts,, M. Hekl Publishers, Vienna-Brin, Tr"et (56 pp.,
16°]. Later, V. wrote the play "Libe un yikhus (Love and
Relations)" (staged in the Yiddish theatres of Galicia).
1927-8 -- W. was a partner
(together with Sidney Greenbaum) at the Yiddish
Metropolitan Theatre in Cleveland.