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
 

Yakov Zizmor

Born in1856 in Grodno, Polish Lithuania, in a well-to-do family. He received a traditional Jewish education, and already as a child excelled in learning, but his temperament of a genuine artistic nature had driven him into the purity of the Jewish badkhanim and folksingers.

As a badkhan, Z. was very accepted into the Livtak-Jewish regions, mainly after traveling from Alikum Tsunzer to America.

Due to difficult material conditions in the time of the World War, Z. performed in concerts in Vilna and Grodno, but with old-fashioned with his programs and themes, he hadn't any success and passed away in need after a severe heart illnes on 11 May 1922 in Vilna's "Mshmrs hkhulim".

Of Z.'s songs there were published "Di sfirh" and datsu three songs that were presented for us in file grosartige hoykhtsaytn in society"... " 1) "Dos papirl"; 2) "Di komode"; 3) "Der lakh" (publisher I. L. Mtz, Vilna, 1883), 32 pp.), and "Dos yudishe herts" (Vilna 1917, 48 pp.), where he tried shoyn dikhtn National-Zionistic songs.

Z. in "Pinkus far der geshikte fun vilne in di yorn fun melkhome un okupatsye" (Vilna 1922), published his interesting memoirs about badkhanim.

  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp. 1062-4.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 136.
 

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