Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Zigmund Ehrlich


Born on 15 December 1875 in Warsaw, Poland. Father -- a governmental contractor for construction material for Chacin. He learned in a cheder, Beit HaMedrash and yeshiva in Lomza. As a child he sang in a chorus in Praga and then with Cantor Simon Fogelnest in Warsaw. Here also he prayed with a chorus in a shul, and later was taken as a chorus singer and for small roles in the troupe of Spivakovski-Fishzon. He went away to Russia, and he debuted as "Absalom", but his father cut him off from the stage, and he put him back into the Beit HaMedrash. Also he had (until 1896) worked together with his father. For a short time he served in the military and fled to another land, where in Krakow he joined the troupe of Moshe Weinberg, Bergman and Tanentsap, then acted with Juvelir, Gimpel, Schorr, for two months in a variety with Jacob Littman, due to bad business, he went over to a German variety, where he acted around three years, then acted with Akselrad, Treitler, returning to variety, became a partner with Glickman, remaining to act in a variety in Braila, later in Yiddish theatre in Bucharest and again in variety in Galicia, then acting in Yiddish theatre in Bukovina, Galicia, Romania and in a coffee house in Paris, three months in variety in London, a half season in Karlsbad with Sam Klug, a season in variety in Vienna with Sam Ludvik, a winter season in Lemberg in variety with Shlichter and the summer in Iasi with Meltzer. After acting in variety in Galicia and German variety in Berlin, he acted in single Yiddish productions in London, and in the province, later two seasons in Yiddish theatre in London's Broad Street Theatre, gave concerts in Leeds, and became a businessman in manufacturing, then a cantor.

M. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1551.

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