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
 

Bernardo Weisman

 

  Born in 1873 in Bucharest, Rumania, to Orthodox parents. He was a choirboy in the local large shul with Cantor Avraham Frakhtenberg. Afterwards with the cantors Sholam, Goldenberg et al. Several years later in temple with Cantor Gershon Veys.

As a child, he participated in the children's chorus of Finkel's troupe in the play "Der podriatshik", and later he sung in the chorus of Itsikl Mendel Bergman's troupe. At first in Mogulesko's troupe, W. received small solo roles as "Der vekhter" in "Bar khokhba", et al, and when in 1887 in Vasloy, the actor Rosenberg got sick, w. performed in the role of "Hasan makhmud" in Hurwitz's play "Don Yehuda Abarbanel", and he has remained since then to act in roles. Afterwards, W. traveled around with Finkelstein's and Juvelier's troupe, across Rumania, Austria and Turkey.

Not knowing, however, about military duty, he returned to Rumania, where W. organized together with Lipe Rodesko a quartet, according to muster of the Schwartz brothers and Zemel, and went on a tour across Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Egypt. When the quartet disbanded, W. moved in 1901 to Argentina, where he began to act in Yiddish theatre with "amateurs", and thanks to the monetary support that it brought, W. brought to Argentina Yiddish professional actors, with whom he laid the foundation for a permanent Yiddish theatre in Argentina.

In the span of twenty-eight years, W. was associated with various troupes -- his own as well as markn troupes -- and he acted

together with the Gutentags, Feinmans, Morris Axelrad, Silbert, Dinah Feinman, Vaksman, Sherman, Malvina Lobel, Goldenburg, Moshkovitsh, Kremer, Sokolow et al.

W. is now semi-paralyzed and is out of the Yiddish theatre, and is the conductor of the holiday choruses in shul.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 699.
 

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