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Lexicon of the Yiddish
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE;
IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City
Born on 27 August 1881 in
Odessa, Ukraine. Step-sister of the actor and theatre
director A.G. Kompaneyets.
At the age of ten she was
brought onto the stage by her brother's troupe, where she
played until the age of fifteen, when she began to
perform in prima donna roles under the name "Borisova."
Later S. played as a soubrette with Avraham Fiszon, then
for five years she toured with member's troupes, and
after her marriage to actor Herman Serotsky for several
years she played as a prima donna in Kompanayets'
troupe. In 1905 S. played with Mark Arnstein-Dr.
Rozenzal in Warsaw, and then she was a character role player
in Zandberg's "Grand Theatre" in Lodz, which she made
her permanent home. Later S. married the editor and
writer Yeshaya Uger, acted until the First World War
and then withdrew from the stage, performing only from
time to time in benefits or in holiday productions.
Zalmen Zylbercweig writes:
"When she acted on
the stage, she excelled with an exceptional natural ability.
Her type, which she had created most of the time in
cheap operetta repertoire, were full of life and had
created incredibly the frequent absurdity and intimacy
that she had brought onto the stage and had really in
that role made herself beloved to the audience.
About her last period, when
the Nazis took Lodz, her husband recalls--according to
Y. Yonosovitsh--as the Nazis were coming
to her home to
perform an inspection and they gained access,
" I had almost
dragged my radio to the truck when my wife
decided to ask the storm trooper to have pity on
a person who is in his sixties. She asked them
to allow her to help me. he agreed. She took the
radio and brought it to the truck. But once they
were there the storm trooper asked for the radio
to be returned. She went back upstairs with the
radio. However, she was once again asked bring
the radio down. So she went back and forth with
the radio at least thirty times on a staircase
of over sixty high stairs. At the end she could
not go any further. She slipped and fell down a
whole flight of stairs and ended up in an
unconscious state in a small corner of the
As Jonas Turkow
retells it, S. died in the Warsaw Ghetto
together with her daughter and grandchild. They
apparently wandered to Warsaw and after this
account. The account occurred several days after
the Nazis searched their home. They perished at
the hands of the Germans.
In "Crazy in Love"
from Jonas Turkow.
the Yiddish Theatre," Vol. 2, 1934, p. 1496;
Vol. 5, Mexico, 1966, pp. 3705-3715.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 4371.
You can see the first Lexicon biography for Malvina Sierotzka in its second
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