Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
W. was born in 1874 in
Krakow, Galicia. His father was a tailor.
In his early youth he began
to act with "amateurs". One time, during his attendance
in a local Yiddish theatre, the actor Karl Zilber
suddenly became sick, he who had performed in the role
of "Shaulik" in Shomer's lay "Der tsveyter haman (The
Second Haman)". W. performed in the role, and having
success, he soon was taken into the theatre. After
acting under various directions, W. married in 1903 the actress Clara Buksenboym (Nekheles) and toured with
her with various troupes in Galicia and Rumania. In 1914
until 1918 W. acted in Vienna, then he returned to
Krakow, where he acted for a short time with Yakov and
W. was a good friend and was very
given over to the stage. A talent-filled actor in
character roles, he was a darling of the public, and his
name on posters used to attract audiences to the
theatre. W.'s splendorous roles were "Tuviah habiuni" in
Gordin's "Alishe ben avoyh" and "Ben akiba" in "Uriel
akosta". But in the character-comical types in the
operettas, W. often used to permit to [sharzhirn]. On 12
November 1919 W. passed away in Krakow.
M. E. from
Clara Wetstein and Sh. E. from Leon Herbst.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 728.
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