S. was a
chorister in Yiddish theatre in Russia, and after her
marriage to actor and future theatre entrepreneur
Avraham Shtokfeder, she became a well-known actress in
with her husband in Poland, S. initially began to act as
a soubrette, and then she went into character roles and had a great
success, especially in operetta repertoire, where she
played her roles in an exaggerated-elegant way, and with
the "gay" men, and with over-the-top,
eye-catching costumes, which may have evoked laughter from the theatre
Turkow characterizes her in this way:
Shtokfeder in her last years -- when she had stopped
playing soubrettes -- there was a need for good, useful
character actresses for the operettas and dramas, and
she was never free of work. She was beloved by the
public. She only appeared on the stage -- very tall and
always dressed in colors that screamed out, with
characteristic, large ostrich feathers in her hair that even evoked great amusement in the hall. She spoke
with a strong voice, which was taken up in faye areyn.
On the stage she always played the woman of valor.
her private life Eva Shtokfeder was very loved due to
her good character and her giving nature to her friends.
She was a prudent, intelligent woman and was very
well-read in Yiddish and secular literature. Both Shtokfeders were good, concerned parents
two children, for whom they had done everything, so that
they should develop into 'human beings,' and did not
skimp on any money for their education. Their son, Artek
Shtokfeder, was a fine pianist-accordionist; their
daughter Anya a very pretty girl who went into the
theatre. Her first performance was actually put on for
us in Warsaw's 'Kamaral Stage.' In the role that she
played in Zofia Nalkovska's "The Days of His Return,"
she earned success. We saw for her beforehand a future
for her in the theatre. Later she played with Ida
Kaminska in her troupe until the war broke out."
children escaped from Poland and lived in Russia
throughout the war. Their parents tried to flee, but
they didn't make it. They remained in Warsaw with the
Germans. In the ghetto S. worked in a "shop" on Milne
Street in "haberdashery preparations." She also took
part in Max Viskind's offering of Leon Kobrin's "The
Village Youth." For the entire time she did not lose
faith in a better tomorrow, but her husband was hugely
pessimistic. During the famous "actions" -- says Jonas
Turkow -- they were still living in their apartment on Dzhike [sp] street. Every day when her husband finished
his day as comptroller and inspector of the recreational
facilities in the Jewish social self-help [?], they used
to go home together. During one "action" they
successfully aroystsudreyen. On a specific day
when the Nazis conducted a strong "action" in many
street sections, Turkow asked them not to put themselves
in danger, and not go home, to stay with them. S.
agreed, but her husband remained stubborn, wanting to go
home, and the Germans caught them and
led them to the gas chambers in Treblinka.
Jonas Turkow -- "Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires,
1953, Vol. 1, pp. 87-88, 306-312.