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: "Who hasn't responded to his sweet,
fluttering humor, with equivalency? ...but early on
he hears us (the old Yiddish actor) to exist, even
before he gets tired of his mission [?], he is
considered by his own friends for public service.
The environment around him became cold, not
friendly, that when the Yedvabs wanted them, would
they have to worry about it, which each had suffered
in their martyrdom ways, on the ne-und-veg of
a Yiddish actor."
characterizes him this way: "For me Yedvab was more
than a stage actor. Not that it was his specialty.
He was, by nature, a clown, a mocker, a joker, a
scoundrel, a modern badkhan, or in general a human
being, who saw the world through comic glasses. This
was Modke Khabad, Hershele Ostropoler, the entire
mountain with comic stories, clowning, crazy
incidents they tell about. ...the same character
carries out these things, which they recall about
Hershl Yedvab. ...Yedvab, by nature, was an
entertainer. He had always been screaming that he
didn't use it, that he was not it was not right,
that indeed he did not correct. It is true that with
his mouth he did not say it out loud, but with his
wandering eyes these were said, step by step, in no
sense Yankl Shapovich was so sure [?]. ..Yedvab,
who was a knaper Jew in Hebrew, had so surely
felt in his Hebrew role as "Wasserstein" in Dr.
Herzl's "the New Ghetto," that he had always brought
to resurrect. He suddenly lived in the role of this
broker, again unlucky, not a safe person. Then came
the time when Yedvab joined the professional Yiddish
theatre and was not found. There he had argued --
due to conflicts -- with bad actors, not ....there
appeared to be opposition on the upper floor. He
remained in the ensemble. At first the political
monologue, which he had brought forth in the time of
the German-Austrian Occupation, indeed against the
Occupation, they drew him out of the ranks, and
Yedvab for several years was a known thing in the
Yiddish theatre world in Western Europe."
Necrology in "Lodzer
tagenblat," 1 November 1931.
Amelia Adler --
Dos leben fun a yidisher 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.