Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Myron E. Golubock

Born on 27 January 1863 in Odessa, Ukraine. Father -- a tailor. In 1882, together with his brother Leon, he was brought to America as a actor by his brother Avraham, and soon he performed as "Markus" in the "Bobe yakhne."

Thomashefsky portrayed him as such:

"The older brother, a tall man with a very long palke on his head, with golden "pensne", meshh aristokrat, hot "geshprakhn"...

More Russian that Yiddish, committed/comments, with his little French and Latin, which he had brought with him from his hometown gymnazie. He was the tragic person, D.H. the dramatic artist.

Proudly he had with his dramatic arts, and all the time compared to the greatest Russian actors of the time.

When he used to tsudramezuen, he cried with all the force that he had, and sang with dramatic tenor, which had sounded more Russian than Yiddish.

But an intelligent young man he was, and he stood very well in the theatre.

He was weakly talented, and moreover he had a high voice, but the "bel-tsuvahs" he had very nishkshkdik played and had great success.


When the true artist came with a great name from Russia: Zilberman, Heine, Karp, Wachtel, Borodkin, Latayner, Sara Adler, Madam Zilberman, they drove away the Golubock brothers from the stage.

The Golubock brothers tried to play in several productions in the Concordia Theatre.

This was a great, long beer salon of Fornt, and behind it there was found a hall with a small stage.

Their productions were weakly visited, and so they had struggled with their fate for several months until they had to consider the struggle and began to look for other [sources of] income.

Given that they were cigarette makers in Odessa, they turned back to their old livelihood, they both had worked with cigarettes in Jacob's cigarette factory."

Later they worked in a shirt factory, together with Israel Barsky. Thomashefsky moved them to reject the work and to play theatre in Chicago. There G.'s stage career ended: he came back to New York, became a politician, a translator in a Brooklyn court, and at the same time a successful insurance agent.

On 30 August 1921 G. passed away in New York and came to his eternal rest at Washington Cemetery.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre," Vol. II, pp. 15, 16, 24.

  • Boris Thomashefsky -- "Thomashevsky's teater shriftn," pp. 9, 13, 22.

  • Shpilt mit erflog un zaynen avek fun teater, "Forward," 18 August 1923.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 388.

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