According to Jonas Turkow, G. was an amateur in
Romania, and when the "Vilna Troupe" played there,
she participated with them in their productions. He
acting, and she as "the wife," was very pleasing to
the director of the "Vilna Troupe," M. Mazo, and he
took here in as a member of the troupe, and she went
with them to Poland. She married Mazo in whom she
was very much in love.
Zygmunt Turkow writes:
"Since the year 1921, when I was together with Ida
Kaminska, performing with the Vilner [Troupe] in
Warsaw, ...it was the second time I worked together
with M. Mazo, the director of the theater. Mazo was
then the only Vilner in the 'Vilna Troupe.' ...the
abrike ...were not any Vilners. Here one finds
actors not only from various Polish cities, but even
a Romanian, Ester Goldenberg, who has traveled after
the 'Vilner' from Kishinev, and she continues as a "Vilner"
until the end of her young, shortened life in the
And in the second place, she excelled in Poland,
oysgefuremt several young actorial power, mentioned
Zygmund Turkow as the first Ester Goldenberg.
Outside of the "Vilna Troupe," G. had in 1932 played
together with Ida Kaminska in Hadassah Halitsh in
Warsaw's Yiddish Literary Association in a three
female role play, "Mir froyen," by Anna
1936 G. participated in the troupe, which she put
together through Maurice Schwartz during his
guest-appearances in Poland:
"Ester Goldenberg, the well-known artist, while
the current action [was taking place] was
not found in any place in the Warsaw Yiddish
theatre, which stood at the level of 'Chinke-Pinke.' The individual
who remains for that artist as Goldenberg, were
performances of a literary-artistic character. Mrs.
Goldenberg used to perform with great success in
Yiddish, and part-time in Polish declamations or
recitations that she used to perform with great
success in Yiddish and partly in Polish.
Declaiming or reciting she used to do
topical things, as well as
Goldenberg managed to stay away for a while
from the first two destructive actions.
Later she saw that the position of the
Warsaw Jews was a neglected one. She
therefore sought contact with the Polish
circle, to move away. However she did not
appear to follow through with her plan. The
April action broke out (1943), while she,
together with her husband, Mordecai Mazo,
entered into a bunker that was built through
the employee of the service institution
[farzarungs-anshtgalt] of the
Jonas Turkow writes:
frequently presents with papers in the House
committees and organizations, the last time a series
of artistic performances, together with his wife,
the artist Esther Goldenberg. ...His friend was
forced to move him to the Aryan side. However he was
stubborn/obstinate, that he is already too old and
weak to go on with life, and he will wait for death
calmly. His young and beautiful wife, the talented
actress Esther Goldenberg, who had a gorgeous Aryan
appearance, sacrificied for him and indeed was
killed with him.
During the uprising in he Warsaw ghetto, in April
1943, Mazo, together with his wife Esther Goldenberg
and many thousands of nameless martyrs, lost their
lives. One does not know where they were killed."
from Jonas Turkow.
Jonas Turkow -- "Azoy
iz es geven," Buenos Aires, 1948, pp. 91, 241,
497, 498, 508.
Jonas Turkow --
"Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol.
1, pp. 66-67.
Zygmunt Turkow --
"Di ibrgerisene tkufh," Buenos Aires, 1961, pp.
Ringelblum -- "Writings from the Ghetto,"
Warsaw, 1963, Vol. 2, p. 201.