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
 

Dr. Yekhezkel Wortsman
 

 

W. was born in 1878 in Zvanyetz, Podolia Gubernia, to well-to-do parents. He received a high-school education. Afterwards he studied in Switzerland and Strasbourg and graduated from Basel University as a chemist.

During his studies in Bern, V. was a co-founder of the first local lawyer's academic union, a constant correspondent for the Bucharest Yiddish weekly page "Hiuets", more often with workers for Yiddish writers in Russia, Galicia and Rumania, later an editor for a Yiddish manuscript "Di yudishe tsukunft" in London and adaption of "Der telegraf"  in Warsaw, where he wrote critiques about Yiddish theatre. Due to a press process(?), he had to leave Russia, and V. in 1907 went away to America, where he was active as a journalist, newspaper publisher and editor.

In 1911-12 V. wrote theatre critiques in the "Keneder odler", in 1918-9 he was the theatre critic for New York's "Der tog", and in 1926 he was with the "California Yiddish Voice", publishing in it a three-act drama "Der kinstler", as well as a translation of the one-act "Der holdapnik".
 

M. E.

Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp. 915-17.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 665.
 

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