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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 23 of
February 1901 in Sadagora, Bukovina.
Her father was a
She finished her
learning in Novoselitz in an elementary school, and
after arriving in 1913 with the family in Vienna,
finished there in a public and commercial school.
She participated in
amateur productions of the "Zion" union, attending
dramatic courses with the union of the "Fraye yidishe
folks-bine" theatre, and when they founded the
"Free Yiddish public stage", W. enters this
theatre and also participates with them as they tour
In 1922 W. played a
season in mixed repertoire in the Hotel Stephanie in
During the 1925-1926
season, "Shund" repertoire in the "Yiddish Artists
Cabaret" (manager Max Streng), and in 1927 in the
"Yiddish Artists Plays" managed by Shulem Brin.
After her wedding to
the actor Ben-Zion Sigal, they played together
for Shulem Podzamtshé.
When the Nazis took
over rule in Vienna, she, together with her
husband and two children, ran away to
Czechoslovakia. But from there they were
deported to Lemberg, from where she was pushed
with her husband and their children into the gas
chambers of Belzec.
"Lexicon of the
Yiddish Theatre," New York 1931, Vol. 1,
"Extinguished Stars," Buenos Aires 1953,
2, pp. 139, 210.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 3846.
Rachel was also included in Volume 1, page 697.
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