Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Moyshe Lifshits [Livshits]
(Livshits; Moses Liwschitz)


Born on 18 May 1894 in Belaya Tserkov, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. Father -- a melamed (religious teacher). He learned with his father in a cheder, then in a gymnasium. At age ten he wrote a Russian song about the death of Dr. Herzl. Later he moved to Galicia, and in 1914 debuted in Lemberg's "Interesanten blat", then participated with songs in critical articles in various periodic editions in Galicia, Vienna and Berlin.

L. composed "Der vald-kisr" (Kiev publishing house, 1918), a children's play that was performed many times in children's schools in Russia and the Ukraine, and "A mayse mit Hershele Ostropolier (A Tale of Hershele Ostropolier), an oysgetrakhte comedy in four acts, staged and directed by Dr. Michael Weichert, melodies by H. Kon, sets and costumes by V. Weintraub, folkshtik and dance -- Leah Rotbaum", which on 11 January 1930 was staged in Krakow by the "Vilna Troupe".

L. also translated Kaiser's plays "Fun in der fri biz baynakht", which on 21 September 1931 was staged by Al. Granach in new York's Public Theatre.

He adapted the text of the Hebrew translation of Gutzkow's "Uriel Acosta", which was performed by the "Habimah".

He composed for the "Habimah" a play "Gzrs t'h", and had in manuscript a drama called "Sdum".


  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 189-191.

  • N. Lurie -- Far yidishe kinder, "Shul un lebn", Kiev, N' 1, 1918.

  • K. S. -- Herschele Ostropolier, "Jüdisches Volksblatt", Bielsko, 24 Jan. 1930.

  • Moshe Blecher -- Hershele ostropolier bay der vilner trupe, "Yidishe vort", Krakow, N' 3, 1930.

  • Dr. M. Weichert -- "Hershele ostroplier" bay der "vilner trupe", "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, N' 4, 1930.

  • R. -- A mayse mit hershele ostropolier, "Naye folkstsaytung", Warsaw, 22 January 1930.

  • Henryk Hescheles -- Opowiesc o Herszlu z Ostropola, "Chwila", Lwow, 3/4 1930.

  • Dr. Moshe Lustig -- Vilner trupe. hershele ostropolier fun moshe lifshits, "Morgn", Lemberg, 10 April 1930.

  • K-v -- Hershele ostropolier oyf der bine, "Lodzer veker", 2 July 1930.

  • M. B. [Broderzon] --A mayse mit hershele ostropolier fun moshe lifshits, "Nayer folksblat", Lodz, 6 July 1930.

  • A. Wolf -- Di "vilner" in lodzer shtotishn teater, "Naye folkstsaytung", Warsaw, 9 July 1930.

  • Yitzhak Katsenelson -- Di komedye fun "hershele ostropolier", "Lodzer Tagelbat", 11 July 1930.

  • Michail Yo -- "Hershele ostropolier", "Frimorgn", Riga, 9 October 1930.

  • A. Wasserman -- "A mayshe mit hershele ostropolier" in riger yidishn meutis-teater, "Nayer fraytik", Riga, N' 103, 1930.

  • T. [Edus] -- Teater-notitsn "Nayer fraytik", Riga, N' 103, 1930.

  • Teatrikon-Elkhanan Zeitlin -- Tsvey meynungen vegen der nayer forshtelung bay di "vilner" in varshe, "Unzer ekspres", Warsaw, 17 October 1930.

  • Yehoshua Perle -- "Hershele ostropolier, "Der moment", Warsaw, 22 October 1930.

  • Israel Stern -- Der ns fun yidishn teater, "Naye folkstaytung", Warsaw, 26 October 1930.

  • Y. M. Neyman -- Di vilner in varshe, "Haynt", Warsaw, 31 October 1930.

  • Herman Svet -- Di "habimah" mit tsekhov un granovski, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, N' 41-42, 1930.

  • L. S-ki [Stotsky] -- Oyf a farshtelung bay di "vilner", "Tsayt", Vilna, 3 November 1930.

  • Sh. Dreyer -- Der driter ns hersheles, "Vilner tog", 4 November 1930.

  • Khanan [Pesakh Kaplan] -- Bravo vilner! "Dos naye leben", Bialystok, 16 December 1930.

  • Hillel Rogoff -- Aleksander grankhs ershter oyftrit oyf der idisher bine, "Forward", N. Y., 25 September 1931.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1130.

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