Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Moishe Goldblatt


Born on 16 December 1896 in Hertsa, Romania. His grandfather was a badkhan, a prayer leader, a matchmaker and in the end a sexton. Father -- owner of a shop.

Learned in a cheder, completed two classes in a Romanian primary school, but for a year he learned in a modernized Yiddish school and then began self-education.

At the age of twelve he became independent, and served as a servant(?) in a manufacturing business, was an agent for various newspapers, a writer in a counting house, a broker in the bourse, a teacher, a flower seller, a carrier, a cigarette seller, etc.

At the age of sixteen or seventeen he acted in dramatic circles, where he also was the regisseur and author. In 1915 he acted for a short time in Romanian in a professional Romanian troupe in Galatz, served in the army, and in September 1917 fled to Russia, where he acted with "amateurs". In June 1918 he joined as a professional in Bidesko's troupe in Kamenets Podolsk under the pseudonym "Ben-Ami". After wandering across Russia until 1920 with various troupes, G. entered into the Odessa Jewish State Theatre in Minsk under the pseudonym of Bertanov. He traveled to Moscow, participated in the Sholem Aleichem theatre there, and when the theatre closed down, he joined as a student in the theatre school of the Moscow Jewish Chamber Theatre,


participating for a month, later in the mass scenes of the "Kishufmakherin", and in March 1923, when the actor Shteyman became ill, G. performed for him in the role of "Markus" in Goldfaden's "Kishufmakerhin". From then on he performed as a member of Moscow's Jewish State Thetre, also experiencing a tour across Europe.

G. was regisseur in provincial, itinerant troupes, then directed a dramatic circle in Moscow's western university, and now regisseur-laborant for the Russian regisseur Kavarin.

G. participated as "Zalman" in the film of Sholem Aleichem's "Yidishe glikn" (director R. Granovsky).

G. translated several plays from the Russian and Romanian, and his translation of Dymov's "Singer of his Sorrows", under the direction of Bertanov, was staged in Minsk in 192.

Sh. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 264.

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