Born on 22 June 1888 in Lemberg, Galicia.
A violinist and composer.
In his autobiography he
writes that in 1919-1920 he, together with composer
Chone Volfstal, participated in a Yiddish variety in
Lemberg and was inspired from the arguments of actor Sam
Schilling, that the actors become exploited, [and] he
helped restart the "Goldfaden Artists Association,"
which Gershom Bader had founded in 1908. The association
later united with the Yiddish Artists Union in Warsaw.
In October 1920 Z. traveled
to Paris (director--Blumental), where he had the
opportunity to participate in the productions of Molly
Picon--Jacob Kalich, and he traveled with them in 1921
to Vienna, then he, together, with Prizament, Mestel,
Dreykurs, Frantsos, Miss Gelber et al, founded the
member troupe, "Haur," for Czechoslovakia, which had
existed for another half a year, and was supported by
the government. Due to internal conflict, the troupe
fell apart and Frantsos had, on the concession of "Haur,"
directed a member troupe (with the Stramer family),
under the name, "Habima." In 1925 Z. went on to found a
"Yiddish Actors' Union."
In our archive there can be
found two musical scores, "Aiv has di velt, aiv has,"
for piano and singing by Bernard Zawadzki, and an
overture for piano to "Di kliatshe," by B. Zawadzki.