W. was born in 1913 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. His
father was a women's tailor.
According to his
brother-in-law M. Karpinovitsh, W. as a young student
excelled with his beautiful voice. He used to
participate in the Vilna amateur ensembles, directed by
Masha Kramer, Moshe Papierin et al. In 1933 he was a
co-founder of the avant-garde arts theatre "Maydim" in
Vilna under the auspices of Aaron Bastomsky, then he
became a member of the theatrical "Duka."
According to Yekhiel Burgin,
W. became popular in Vilna in the years [considered=fad]
the Second World War as theatre lovers, by way of a
beautiful voice for singing. Special thanks(?) to him in
the years 1928-33, when together they used to
perform, having various opportunities with
musical-dramatic numbers. Aside from playwriting
capabilities, he also had an inclination to direct and
he used to egb eynshteln the numbers, which
they used to perform.
After his marriage to
Devorah Karpinovitsh, he acted together with her, in
various professional troupes. In 1937 he was the main
actor in Jonas Turkow's Danzig "Kultur-bund-teater." In
1941 he was a member of the Bialystok State Yiddish
He returned to Vilna close
to the German invasion, and there he was killed during
the first days of the German Occupation of Vilna.
In the book "The Destruction
of Vilna", Katsherginski noted M. as such:
"Leyb Weiner -- young actor.
Sh. E. from his
brother-in-law M. Karpinovittsh and Yekhiel Burgin.
Sh. Katsherginsky --
"The Destruction of Vilna," New York, 1947, p. 231.
Jonas Turkow -- "Extinguished
Stars," Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol. 1, p. 195.