In 1926 he immigrated to
Argentina where he played as a buff-comic in
character roles in the local Yiddish theatre, and
established a permanent Yiddish theatre in
Montevideo, Uruguay, with actors from Argentina. In
1928 he came with several members of the troupe to
Texas, United States, and they played in El Paso,
Dallas, Houston and Galveston. From there they went
to New York, and in 1929 they were engaged at the
Moshe Schorr Theatre in Baltimore (where the troupe
consisted of Clara and Boaz Young, Morris and Rose
Brown, Celia and Leon Zuckerberg, David Shoenholtz,
A. Ostroff, Ida Goldstein, Julia Varadi, Alexander
Amasye, et al.). After acting for a short time the
troupe disbanded. Then came a guest-starring role
with Celia Adler and Leon Blank, and afterwards Z.
remained to act with a group of actors at the Brit
Afterwards he acted for
a season in Detroit under the management of Abraham
Littman (with Louis and Minnie Birnbaum, Ethel and
Moshe Dorf et al, and with guest stars Joseph Shoengold,
Julius Nathanson, the Germans), and due to [a state
right?] in America, returned with his wife to
Mexico, where he established a permanent Yiddish
theatre with the local forces, and with such guest stars as Joseph Shoengold, Frances Adler, Jacob and Charlotte
Goldstein, Janet Paskowitz, and Maurice Krohner, Clara
Young, Betty Frank and Benjamin Blank.
G. Yud writes about him:
among the first who came to build a Yiddish theatre
here in Mexico, and as with every beginning, there
were difficulties, and Zuckerberg had difficulties
that came with a smile. He was a [libns-] worthy
person and a well-gifted actor who had love for his
profession. During the time of his acting here in the
theatre, Zuckerberg had acquired a great number of
friends and [farerer] "
A. P. writes:
"Leon Zuckerberg was
in life as he was on the stage (where he first found
the true essence of his life), rinsed with
cheerfulness; his every offering from the stage
boards elicits from the audience a sense of joy and
his good nature. It is not without reason that he is
so popular in the theatre world of Mexico."
In 1933 he again acted
with his wife, the Browns, and the Gelbers in Texas,
and from there with his wife went to Havana, Cuba,
then returned once again to Mexico where he set
himself atop the local Yiddish theatre with the
Browns, the Gelbers, and the guest stars Jacob
Zanger and Sylvia Fishman.
On 26 May 1935 he caught
cold on the stage, and a month later, on 26 June
1935, passed away and came to his eternal rest in
the Jewish cemetery of Mexico City.
A. P. writes:
"....back with a higher(?)
six-year period, Zuckerberg, here in Havana for the
first time, was in the Yiddish theatre on Zulueta
37. Then certainly he created the Jewish emigrant
(immigrant), and from then on he was popular with
them, and we say "Eyngebakn gevorn iz hartzn="Enter
up is heart?"]....He was famous and popular among
all the Jews in the entirety of Latin America. Hi
thought was to establish a permanent Yiddish theatre
between Mexico and Cuba. He had already not searched
for another horizon. He knew, then he attacked the
Yiddish communities, but he remained in the middle(?)"
"He was seldom
interested in the cashbox. It was for him the
greatest satisfaction when the world outside the
theatre was satisfied, if either he or his
colleagues was recognized(?) by the public. This had
given him courage [durkhtsutrogn als materiele zorgn].
And Y. A. in an article
"Pioneer of Yiddish Theatre", wrote in the "Havana
Lebn (Havana Life)":
"...He came to fame,
this your artist, who traveled about from country to
country, and in the new communities of Central and
South America. This pioneer, who had together with
people who were far from home, taken the stick in
hand and went on his way to bring to bear the
Yiddish word onto the poor scene, which was similar
to the old-known Sukkot."
In the necrology of the
newspaper "Der veg", vert oybergegeben, that
"although his death occurred in the middle of the
week, when the greatest part of the Jewish
population were at their businesses, when they had
learned about the accident, they were among the
close to four hundred attendees (presumably at his
funeral). That was the greatest sign of their grief
train, that Jewish Mexico until now had, that it
showed just how deeply popular the deceased was to
Sh. E. by
[--] -- L. Zuckerberg
Dies, "Der veg", Mexico, 29 June 1935.
Rosenberg] -- Leon Zuckerman z"l, same.
Y. A. P. -- Leon Zuckerberg's Death, "Havana lebn
(Havana Life)", July 1935.
Nathan Ginter -- "A Few Words About my Friend Leibl
Zuckerberg", Santiago, 29 June 1935.