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
 

David Wetstein

 

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 became paralyzed.

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.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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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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