Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


A. H. Bialin
(Aaron Hirsh)


Born on 18 April 1897 in Warsaw, Poland, into a religious home. His mother is descended from the Kuzmir rabbinic dynasty. He lived in great poverty due to his father's early death, and his mother was forced to become the bread winner. Nevertheless he learned in cheders and yeshivas. At the age of fifteen he received Haskalah books. Among them was Mendel's book, and through this became aroused about modern Yiddish literature. Shortly thereafter he wrote articles in journals, and at the age of seventeen, under the pseudonym of A. H. Ben Israel, there was issued, with the assistance of friends, his first book, "Di tsveygn" (publisher Reznik, Warsaw).

In 1914 he arrived to his bride in America. Here soon he became interested in Yiddish theatre, and went to lectures on drama with the amol-bazunders popular group "Shnorer", as well as in the "Artef" club, and in other literary circles.

Debuting in America in "Di feder" (April, May 1931), with a paper "Unzer teater kritik", which brought attention to him, and in the same year he became a permanent co-worker in "Fraye arbeter shtime", where he published each week articles about newly published books. In 1934 he wrote in the journal "Masn" (editor Pesach Markus), as well as publishing his book "Maurice Schwartz and the Yiddish Art Theatre" (124 pp.).

In 1938 in New York there was published his book of songs


"Shtet" [138 pages].

In 1956 there was published B.'s book, "Sotsialiszm un ruzveltizm", which evoked a great discussion. The book in 1957 was published in a second reprinting.

In 1958 there was published in Mexico City, B.'s book "Sholem Asch", a pro-Asch book that further evoked a great discussion and was prepared for a second reprinting.

Since 1957 B. wrote in "Mexican Life" a series of articles "From Mendele to Leivick", a popular history of Yiddish literature.

Sh. E.

  • Y. R. Brinman -- A. H. Bialin, moris shvarts un der idishe kunst-teater, "Der moment", Warsaw, 11 may 1934.

  • Dr. A. Mukdoni -- Bikher un shreyber, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 20 May 1934.

  • A. Vizhager -- A. H. Bialin in der kunst-teater, "Masn", New York, May 1934.

  • M. Vinograd un khayim liberman --  literarishe dialogen, "Fraye arbeter shtime", N. Y., 1 June 1934.

  • Jacob Mestel -- Moris shvarts un der idisher kunst-teater, "YIVO bleter", Vilna, September 1934.

  • Hr. -- Literarishe velt, "Kalif. id. shtime", L. A., 18 May 1935.

  • Jacob Mestel -- Teater literatur oyf idish, "Bodn", N. Y., October -- December 1934.

  • B. Kdr -- "Moris shvrts vsitrunu", author A. H. Bialin, "Bmh", Tel-Aviv, October 1936.

  • Jacob Mestel -- "Undzer teater", New York, 1943, N. Y., pp. VI, 33.

  • Efrim Auerbach -- Oyf der vonshol, "Daily Morning Journal", N. Y., 12 November 1956.

  • D. Shub -- "Motsializm, komunizm un ruzveltizm", "Forward", N. Y., 2 December 1956.

  • Daniel Charney -- Aroysgebn a idish bukh shmekt shoyn mit lebns-gefar, "Daily Morning Journal", 22, 29 December 1956.

  • M. Shenderey -- A gevagt bukh, "Di idishe tseytung", Buenos Aires, 23 December 1956.

  • Z. Veynper -- "Sotsializm un ruzveltizm" fun a. h. bialin, "Yidishe kultur", N. Y., December 1956.

  • Y. Rapoport -- In pintl areyn, "Di idishe post", 20 February 1957.

  • A. Almi -- Sotsializm, kapitalizm -- skh hkhl un vidershprukh, "Fraye arbeter shtime", N. Y., 5, 19, April 1957.

  • Der lebediger -- Oyfn literarishen yadrid -- "Daily Morning Journal", N. Y., 21 July 1957.

  • A sufr -- A bukh vegn vikhtige velt-problemen, "Der veg", Mexico, 26 August 1957.

  • Jacob Glantz -- Bibliografishe fartseykhnungen, a ney bukh fun a. h. bialin vegn sholem ash, "Der veg", Mexico, 9 August 1958.

  • M. Shenderey -- A beytrog tsum zikhukh arum sh. ash, "Di idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 26 October 1958.

  • Dr. Sh. B?kl -- Bikher vegn sholem ash, "Daily Morning Journal", N. Y., 9 November 1958.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2213.

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