Morris Lampe in the war
years of 1914-1917 had a colleague with whom he used to
perform in all of the shows and concerts that they
arranged -- it was Max Pokoy [M. Maksimov]. He was
a house painter. Lampe and Pokoy were not any kind of
professional actors, but amateurs. They performed in all
the Warsaw wedding halls, toured as "guest players" in
the summer apartments of the Warsaw area, in several
'residences,' such as Jablonna, Falenica, and so on.,
and even though they were still amateurs then, not
professionals, they were so mobile that everywhere their
eyes were thrown off. Why did the two men have such a
pathetic relationship is a secret to me this day.
Perhaps take note of the fact that their looks were so
catastrophic and were thrown into their eyes.
"Max Pokoy was, on the
contrary, to Lampe, a little farther away, with a
brighter, flashier nose, like a half-cut potato, with
little pointed eyes, had struck a flood, and incoherent
temperament. Pokoy, on the contrary, was a calm one,
sedate person, speaking slowly and walking across the
streets as if he was in no hurry. Indeed, one had to
laugh when one saw the pair of Pokoy and Lampe along the
streets. Lampe laughed, always a few steps ahead, and he
spoke for him, meaning that he gave himself up to his
partner. He gave himself to his businessman, who walked
slowly behind Lampe and didn't hear his words. When
Lampe remarked that he gets no response. He turned, and
seeing that Pokoy continually standing behind him, he
ran to him and scolded him, throwing it with his head
and hands. [awk]
...During the German
Occupation in the year 1916, when people again were
permitted to play Yiddish theatre, Morris Lampe,
together with his partner Pokoy, think this might be
"Like in Paris" -- so the cinema was called -- on the
first floor of Djike (sp) Street 12. There Lampe staged
"Mendel Beilis Trial"... In the production among others,
also Max Poloy participated. ...That evening the theatre
was oversold to the last seat, so that the troupe began
to play twice a day. 'Mendel Beilis' went on for
According to Turkow M. also
played in the former wedding hall in Warsaw on Djike 29
during the First World War.
About M.'s tragic end there
is little information:
According to Jonas Turkow in
his description of Morris Lampe, that the two friends
had, during the Second World War, happened to be in 1940
in Grodno, where Lampe founded a Yiddish theatre
collective, and together they found the martyr's death.
Sh. Kacerginski detailed in
short: "Maksimov, a well-known actor, Ponar, 1941."
And in another place he
mentions: " Pokoy -- artist. In 1940-41 administrative
head of the Yiddish war theatre in Vilna. Shot at the
beginning of July 1941."
"Lexicon of the
Yiddish Theatre," Warsaw, 1934, Volume 2, pp.
-- "The Destruction of Vilna," New York, 1947,
Jonas Turkow --
"Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol.
1, pp.296, 297, 300; Vol. 2, p. 236.