Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Alred M. Guldan
(Avraham-Meir Goniondski)


Born on 19 April 1892 in Bialystok, Poland. At the age of nine he arrived in America with his parents who took the family name Goldberg. He learned at the Educational Alliance  and in public school. At the age of twelve he began to learn with a jeweler, and also in an evening school.

During the years he later became familiar with the cafe "Russkaya Gostinitsa" (on Grand and Allen Streets, New York), with a stage and artist Estrada and became their manager in the vaudeville houses of Shubert, Dillingham, Ziegfeld and the Aborn Opera Company.

In 1910-11, when the police forbid the giving of Sunday productions, and permitting only concerts, G. began to put on Thomashefsky concerts. In 1911-12, G. became the personal representative of Efrem Zimbalist, then of pianist Leopold Godowsky. Later he managed in London, England, the guest performance of Malvina Lobel (in the Pavilion Theatre, management of Y. V. Rosenthal), as well as her sketch in English of "Madame X" (in London's Coliseum Theatre under the management of Sir Oswald Stahl), and then the guest performance of Jacob and Sara Adler, David Kessler, Boris Thomashefsky and Celia Adler. In 1920 he, was together with Edwin Relkin, the manager of Cantor Zavel Kwartin across America.


1938 -- G. traveled as an assistant manager with the Yiddish Art Theatre in Paris, where he had, according to Maurice Schwartz's memoirs, "a sukh oyfgeton". He associated himself with the major personalities of Paris, and created a committee that would receive the Art Theatre".

Thanks to him, Baron Rothschild, who had fought against the productions of the Art Theatre in Paris, changed his stance to this guest appearance.

Since these years, G. has been associated with the "Forward", as well as [being] an advertising agent.

Sh. E.

  • Israel the Yankee -- Vos thut zikh in theater?, "Yidishes tabeblat", N. Y., 23 February 1912.

  • Maurice Schwartz -- Moris shvarts dertsehlt, "Forward", N. Y., 14 November 1954.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2121.

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