Born in 1891 in Lublin, Poland. His
parents were bakers. Until age fourteen he learned in a cheder.
He immigrated to London, England, and there he became a
stand-in in Yiddish theatre ("Pavilion" with
Feinman). In 1911 he returned home and acted with
amateurs. In 1913 he went away to serve in the Russian
army, and after becoming free, he joined in the
Lublin Yiddish theatre under the direction of Jacob Waxman, where he acted with Hershkovitsh, Shneck and
Schilling. In 1918 he toured with a member troupe with
Jacob Waxman, while making it through the eight Ukraine
pogroms (Zlatopol, Novomirgrod, Cherkas, Uman,
Yelisavetgrad, Nikolayev, Belaya Tserkow and Zhmerinke).
Barely alive, he arrived in Odessa and from there toured
with a member troupe across the Crimea with Brandesko
and Vinokur, experiencing very bad times.
In 1920 he went to Constantinople, and
from there to Bulgaria, then to Romania, where he acted
with Kaner, Segalesko in Bucharest and Iasi, and he
continued as a prompter with Askhenazy in Iasi, later
with Kanapov, Jacob Kalich-Molly Picon, David
Tselmeyster, Itsikl Goldenberg, Misha Fiszon and
Breitman-Kanievska, then going through a tour (under the
direction of Segal), with Dr. Baratov and later in
Czernowitz with Reysh and then in other troupes.
According to Julian Schwartz, K. used to
act part-time in episodic roles, and as the older actors
Malvina Glikman left, he also helped as a bookkeeper for
the management of the troupes in which he was
participating. K. was a gentle, quiet, poor man. As a
prompter, he gave respect to everyone. He never fought
with anyone. He often experienced a difficult life and
sometimes didn't have money for rent.