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Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE;
aS FEATURED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S  "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"


VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City

 

 

Nadia Radin
 

Sh. Bliacher in his book "Eyn un tsvantsik un eyner" writes:

"Born in Vilna to well-to-do parents. Her father for a long time was director of a Polish miniature theatre and movie theatre owner. When she was a child, the small Nadinka was entered into the Vilna dance studio of Helena Lakevitsh. She  turned out to be a very talented student. At a very young age, she began appearing before the public; prior as a student, and later as an independent dancer in various dance ensembles. Together with her teacher Lakevitsh, she went on a tour across the world, all the way to Greece. After returning she performed with a dance illustrations in various Yiddish theatre productions.

Among others, in Zygmunt Turkow's offering of "Shabse Zvi," in 1925, in the Vilna City Hall. Hater for a long time she excelled in the dance "Morpheus," where she manifested many expressions and actorial understanding. Performing in Polish revues, besides dance, she also attempted a little singing, later touring across cities and towns in Poland, where she also performed in night locales.

In Lublin the actors of a Yiddish itinerant troupe were convinced that she should join them in their ensemble. She tried besides dance, acting in small roles in various melodramas. Her face often covered for her weak performances. Having a routine of dance performances, she easily lives alone in the environment of the theatre and gradually becomes quite a sympathetic actress. True, her life becomes a little difficult. In the Yiddish theatre you do not earn as well as in night locales as a dancer. The locomotion conditions were also very difficult. Often coming out for miles to get by with an act, but all this changes the warm Jewish environment, always among their own. Along the way, she meets up with an itinerant troupe with the artist Moshe Zelver, and in one morning they set a canopy for the Lodz rabbi.

With the outbreak of the Polish-German war, Radina with her husband traipsed over to Vilna. Worked to bits in the revue theatre 'Remikat,' and in the State Theatre . When the Germans entered Vilna, one of the first that was taken was her husband Moshe Zelver, leaving her in circumstances. She entered the ghetto with a two watchful, wispy hands. Here she went through the 'zip' period,' from one ghetto to another, you were thrown out with the child, until she was unable to fight due to exhaustion. Her fate is unknown. From the second ghetto the young mother and child went on their last walk"...

Sh. Kacerginski in his book "The Destruction of Vilna" remarked that in 1941 she was killed in Ponar.

  • Sh. Kacerginski -- "Khurbn vilne," New York, 1947, p. 232.

  • Sh. Bliacher -- "Eyn un tsvantsik un eyner," New York, 1962, pp. 61-62.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 4382.
 

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