Born in 1878 in Varaklani,
Rezhitsa kreyz, White Russia, into a poor family. At age
five he became an orphan, W. survived until "eating
days", and valgern himself in Talmud Torahs
across the cities and towns of Lite (Lithuania). Even as
a child he had a shm in the region due to his
painting and carving of meyzrekhs and
gravestones. At the age of thirteen, he learned in
Dvinsk as a sign painter, going over from one master to
another, until he came to a school for art painting,
also attending for a short time dramatic courses. Soon
however W. interrupted his studies, taking on work and
later, and in an earlier time he went out with "amateur"
1899 -- W. staged in Lutsin,
Vitebsk Gubernia, "Bar Kochba" and played "Eliezer".
1900 -- he traveled to Riga with the dramatic circle of
the "Bund", with the "Khrml" association, and then "Evrih".
(The repertoire originated from Sholem Aleichem, Peretz,
Mendele, Reyzen, Pinski, Arnstein and several Gordin
plays, as well as those from several drama-zirungen,
adaptations and special writings from the circle
founders Adolf Meyzel, David Druck [Willy Brand],
Morrison, et al).
1914 -- W. directed (and
also participated as an actor), the films "Shma Yisroel"
and "Shuster liebe" in the film firm "Mintus".
Due to the war he arrived to
Kharkov, where W. organized there in 1916 an "amateur"
group, with which he acted in a worker's house. 1917 --
he organized and directed with the "Ershte yidishe