Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Malvina Lobel


L. was born on 26 May 1878 in Stanislawow, Galicia.

Her father was the theatre director and actor Chaim Benjamin Treitler.

At the age of six she performed in the children's role "Yoash" in the operetta "Etlihu" in her father's troupe in Kolomea. Together with her father's troupe she toured across Galicia and Hungary. At the age of twelve L. came to Rumania, where she acted for three years in Goldfaden's repertoire, performing as the first "Sarah" in "The Sacrifice of Isaac".

In the first years of the twentieth century, L. came with her father's troupe to London, where they acted for a short time and from there traveled to Canada and then to New York.

Here L. came on as a dramatic actress in the People's Theatre, and for four years acted under the direction of Adler, Edelstein and Thomashefsky, then was for twelve years with Kessler and for a certain period of time with Morrison.

Being in London, L. had the opportunity to act in English at the Coliseum Theatre, and later, in America, L. performed in German (on 7 May 1912 as "Madame X" with a German troupe) at New York's Palace Theatre.



In 1912 L. had great success guest-starring in Poland, Russia and Rumania, where she was for the first time on the European Yiddish stage producing Bison's "Madame X" and Walter Brown's "Yede froy". In the summer of 1914 L. visited Europe at times, also including London, again with success.

In the summer of 1916 L. traveled to Argentina, where she had in Buenos Aires, in the Olympia Theatre, acted together with Samuel Goldenburg. Soon thereafter she returned to America, where she acted until 1931 when she retired from the stage.

L.'s sisters, Rosa Greenfeld and Betty Jacobs, act on the Yiddish stage.

L.'s other daughter, Idit Bruder, acts on the English stage.

Sh. E.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, pp. 142, 153, 201.

  • Malvina Lobel -- Mrs. lobel vinsht zikh tsu ferheren miss madam kaminski, "Forward", N. Y., 4 September 1909.

  • Y. Kritikus [Kircshenbaum] -- Morison un malvina lobel, "Der keneder odler", Montreal, 3 March 1910.

  • S. Dingol -- Noy-yorker idishe spart in london, "Forward", N. Y., 6 May 1914.

  • Jacob Kirschenbaum -- Kunst un kinstler, "Di idishe velt", Cleveland, 24 June 1915.

  • Uriel Mazik -- "Bilder-galereye fun unzere idishe shoyshpiler, "Tog", N. Y., 20 October 1917.

  • Noah Prilutski -- "Yidish teater", Bialystok, 1921, Vol. II, pp. 57-62.

  • David Frishman -- "Geshtaltn", Warsaw, 1930, pp. 219-223.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 857.

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