Born in 1917 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania.
His parents were owners of a soda factory.
According to David Pergament: "V. studied
piano in the Polish State Conservatory. His entire body
was paralyzed with a hump, and to walk he was spurred by
the use of a cane. In the Vilna Ghetto he created music
for revue theatre, was the second conductor after
Durmashkin and conducted in the productions of 'The
Deluge,' 'Green Fields,' and in a revue program with the
participation of Khayele Rozental and Ya'akov Beregolski.
Veksler certainly perished in Ponar, because he was a
cripple, was not able to walk, and as such was not even
sent to the camps."
According to Israel Segal, he was a tall
man, a cripple, who walked with two canes, who was very
much a fine musician, a composer, who composed music for
Pinski's "The Treasure," Berger's "The Deluge," and for
According to Sh. Katsherginski, V. was
the conductor of the Yiddish theatre orchestra in the
Vilna ghetto, and the music composer of the series of
texts that were staged in the theatre there.
In the book, "Songs of the Ghetto,"
according to Katsherginski, V. wrote to music for the
songs, "Neger-lid," "Yisrolik," and "Peshe fun reshe" by
L. Rozental, for L. Apeskin' song, "Fun kolkhoz bin ikh"
and "Korene yorn un vey tsu di teg."
Israel Segal portrays as such the
impression of the song, "Yisrolik," which was sung in
the first concert in the Vilna Ghetto. The success of
Leyb Rozental's ghetto song, "Yisrolik," in the music of
Michal Veksler, was created while sitting in "a mlinh,"
heavy with water to turn over. This was his first song
that was created in the ghetto and with a ghetto theme.
.... Khayele Rozental had to re-sing the song several
times and thus it was spread from mouth to mouth."
According to Katsherginski, V. was killed
in September 1943 during the liquidation of the Vilna
ghetto. According to Segal, he was killed in Ponar.
M. E. from
Israel Segal and Sh. E. from David Pergament.
Israel Segal-- The First Concert
in Vilna Ghetto, "Fun letstn khurbn," Munich, August
Sh. Katsherginski-- "Songs of the
Ghettos," New York, 1948, pages 46-47, 106-107,
112-113, 168, 197, 389, 399, 402.