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Born in 1870 in Lodz,
Poland. For a profession he was a textile worker
(shearer). In his younger years he began to participate
in "amateur" productions and especially later became
popular as a monologist of Sholem Aleichem works et al.
1908-10 -- Participated in
the productions of the "Harfe" society and later of the
"dramatic arts", manifesting an ability in comical
character roles, and at the same time he excelled as "Yekl
Shapshovitsh" in Sholem Asch's "God of Vengeance".
1912 -- he was director of a dramatic circle in Pobbiance, and he participated in the Hebrew productions
of the Lodz "Habima HaHevrit", acting in Hebrew in the
role of "Wasserstein" in Dr. Hertzl's "The New Ghetto"
in Poland, and also in Vienna during the tsyunystishn
1913 -- entered into the
ranks of the professional actor in the Skala Theatre
(directors: Adler and Serotsky), and here had the
opportunity to develop his acting abilities. One of his
best roles was "John Kooks" (sp) in "Kean", by Al.
In wartime, he specialized
in political monologues (written by Avi Cohen, Y., M.
Neyman and Z. Zylbercweig), which he used to personify
in the living and thereby had an enormous success. Then
he became a partner in the small arts stage with Solomon
Kustin and Pesach Burstein, with whom he went on a tour
across Poland, Volin and Galicia. Later by himself he
acted in several large cities of Western Europe, such as
Berlin, Leipzig, et al.
Y. also had participated
in Lodz's German theatre (director: Walter
Wasserman) in the play "Yetkhen Gebert", acting in
the role of "Zayde" in a Yiddish-German dialect.
In his last years, Y.
had made various, unsuccessful attempts at acting in
the province, however he had no longer remained as a
member of the official Yiddish troupes in Poland. On
31 October 1931, Y. passed away in Lodz.
In the necrology of the
"Lodz Tagenblat", it was said about Y.: "he has
influenced by his naturalness, his simplicity, his
popularity. There was a time when Yedvab was the
darling of the Yiddish theatre world in Lodz".
Reuben Marsalov wrote
about him...(translation unfinished...)
Necrology in "Lodzer
tagenblat", 1 November 1931.
Amelia Adler --
Dos leben fun a idisher akterise, "Di idishe
velt", Cleveland, 7 November 1930.
-- Nito mer hershel yedvab?, "Lodzer tagenblat",
1 November 1931.
Zylbercweig -- "Der lodzer hershele ostropoler,
"New Folksblat", Lodz, 23, 25 November 1932, "Di
prese", Buenos Aires, 23 December 1932.