According to his brother, the actor
Yitzhak Rotblum, from the news of the
actor who was with him, R. had arrived at the
Lithuania-Soviet border, but they had not entered into
Soviet Russia; he was hungry and sleep-deprived until
Vilna, and he entered into the ghetto. Some days later
the Soviet might opened the border, but R. already
wasn't able to leave the ghetto, where he had acted in
Yiddish theatre, and according to the poet Avraham Sutzkever in his book "Fun vilner geto (From the Vilna
Ghetto"), the Nazis captured R. with other acters during
a rehearsal of "Tevye the Milkman," and they took him
away to the slaughter [detail about the theatre; see the
According to Sh.
Katsherginski, R. was murdered in Estonia. According to
A. Segal he was taken over to Dr. Mark Dvorzhetski [see
the stand against theatre in the Vilna ghetto]; R.,
together with the actors Shabtai Blakher, Kremer,
Dubinsky and the text writer Leib Rozenthal, were killed
in 1944 in the Klooga concentration camp.
Zalmen Zylbercweig, who had
performed with R., remarked that we could soon see by his
first steps on the stage, that we saw in him a talented future as
an actor. He had in the role "Khatse" displayed a great
deal of talent and Chasidic zeal, which he probably
brought from his home. And later, when Z. had visited
him in Lithuania, he received the
best reactions about him as a performer.
His brother, the actor
Yitzhak Rotblum, remarked that when R. while still in
his youth performed in Lodz in productions about Yiddish
literature. Later, in his wanderings around Poland and
Lithuania, he always was a fighter for the best Yiddish
theatre, and for the read Yiddish artistic word. He was
really popular in Jewish cultural life in Lithuania.
Sh. E. from
his brother Yitzhak Rotblum.
A. Sutzkever -- "Fun
vilner geto," Moscow, 1946, pp. 104-106.
Sh. Katsherginski --
"Khurbn vilne," New York, 1947, p. 230.
Dr. Mark Dvorzhetski
-- "Yerushalayim dlita in kamf un umkum," Paris,
1948, pp. 251-52.