Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Chava Zeyde


Z. was born in 1889 in Rava-Biala, Poland. Her father was a lumber merchant. As a child of three she went over with her parents to Lodz. Here she learned in the private school of Cohen(?). Early on she became a tailor.

Her artistic career began as a chorus member in the singing union 'Harpe", then she entered into the dramatic union "Dramatic Arts", where she acted the part of "Pesenyu" in Gordin's "God, Man and Devil". After withdrawing for a certain time from her acting, she was associated once again with various dramatic circles, until 1918 when she performed as a professional actress, in the troupe of M. D. Vaksman, where she acted for a season.

She married the performer Shlomo Kutner, acted during the 1926-27 season in Rumania with Mazo, then in the Vilna Operetta Troupe (Kutner, Kadish, Khash, Zeyderman, Lerner et al), and she remained acting in Riga for three-and-a-half years. Z. acted then in Lodz, Vilna, and in the 1933-34 season in Warsaw's Skala Theatre.

Z. often used to withdraw from her acting on the stage, especially in the time of Kutner's illness, when she was around him, guarding him day and night.

When the Second World War had broken out, she was found in Warsaw with her husband. There -- as it went by Jonas Turkow --


she became paralyzed and couldn't leave her house, and it had also forced Kutner in a certain measure  to stop in her home, not go out, not able to earn (money), and she had to turn to the Jewish social self-help (groups). By the beginning of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, when Kutner was still posted on the accounts themselves from the hands of the Messiah, has it but Z., due to her illness, not shown. She was taken by the Germans and received through them a martyr's death.

M. E.

  • Jonas Turkow -- "Farloshene shtern", Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol. I, p. 82.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4025.

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