Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Yitzhak Krelman


Born on 2 November 1896 in Warsaw, Poland. Father -- longtime merchant, owner of a factory for rendering tallow. He completed a school of commerce. Being the secretary of the Warsaw "Linas Hazedek", the members from time to time arranged amateur productions in which K. also used to participate in. Receiving a review of his offering with the group [for] Richter's play "Hertsele myukhs", K. began to move around with the idea of becoming a professional actor, until 1911. Without permission from his parents, he went away to Paris, where he joined in the troupe of M. D. Vaksman.

Since then K. has acted in England, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Austria, Hungry, Romania, Lithuania and later in the land of Israel.

K. had for the Second World War taken a prominent place in the Yiddish theatre in Poland, where he also outside the local was connected with Yiddish theatre as an organizer and leader of troupes with better repertoire. He also participated in the direction for "Kaminski" and "Skala" Theatres.

When the Second World War broke out, K. dershlogt to Lemberg, that then had been taken by the Soviet forces and joined the Yiddish theatre there. Later he was avekoyrt tif from there into the Soviet Union, and acted in Yiddish theatre in the Soviet Kurgistan.


After the war, he settled in London, and he directed with the "Grand Palais Theatre", where he also was the regisseur. then he began to take up commerce and took part between London and the land of Israel, where he also for a certain time was chairman of this Yiddish Artists Union.

In 1927 K. printed in the "Theater idyeus" in the "Literarishe bleter" an article about Yiddish theatre in Romania.

After a short illness, he passed away on 12 July 1966 in Tel Aviv and came to his eternal rest in the cemetery of Holon.

The accompanying escort was only people from his family and a few actors. Of the thirty were his wife and daughter who erected a gravestone for him.

In the newspaper "Letste nayes", there was a notice by actor Zygmunt Turkow, who said that he had not participated as an official in the local Yiddish Artists Union.

Sh. E. and Sh. E. from Avraham Kirschenbaum.

  • Zygmunt Turkow -- "Di ibergerisene skufh", Buenos Aires, 1961, pp. 143, 418.

  • Zygmunt Turkow -- "Farloshene shtern", Buenos Aires, 1953, Vol. II, p. 83.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5181.

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