Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Tsilba Lubartovska


L. was born on 4 February 1878 in Lodz, Poland. Her father was a tailor, a musician, who used to study with his two daughters (the others -- the late actress Regina Lubarotovska. Biography in the second volume of the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre", pp. 1012-13) various melodies.

Through actor David Fakhler, who heard her sing, L. was taken into the chorus of his troupe, which performed in Bzhezshin (Brzeziny). Then L. entered into the chorus of the Kaminski-Herman Berman and Trilling, who had acted in Lodz in a small garden with an open stage (on Konstantinergasse), and here she also received small roles.

L. toured in the province with a troupe (Tshizhik, Trontshik, Bleifeld), which performed across various cities of Poland in the shops of the feyerlesher states, etc. Later she toured with the troupe of Rose Arnstein (Yablonski, Shliferstein, Grinstein, Glickman, Keyzerovitsh et al.), and with the troupe under the direction of Julius Oskar (Kutner, Yakubovitsh, Glikman, et al.), acting in the second roles in operetta repertoire. Initially in a provincial troupe (L. Rabinovitsh, her sister Regina Lubartovska, Max Brin, M. Myodovnik, Yakov Perlman et al.), which performed in Bendzin, and L. went over to prima donna roles.

In 1905 the troupe disbanded and L. entered into the Lodz Apollo Theatre (Julius Adler, Titelman, Silberkasten, Rabinovitsh, et al.),

then she toured for several years with various troupes across Russia, White Russia and the Ukraine (with Lindenfeld, Anshel Goldberg, Mintses, Bronetsky et al.) in the movie theatres and vaudeville houses.

During the First World War, she acted with Adler-Serotsky in Lodz's Skala Theatre and, due to illness, became an "emertike (retiree)" from the "Yiddish Artists Union" in Warsaw. Not being able to depart [completely] from the theatre, L. in the last years was a wardrobe person in the Yiddish theatre in Lodz.

According to the actor Moshe Pulaver, who had saved himself from the Nazi hand, on 11 May 1940, when the Germans created the Lodz Ghetto, there there were twelve Yiddish professional theatre people, among them Tsilba, who had worked in wardrobe, and that later during an "action", the Nazis killed her.

  • "Lexicon of Yiddish Theatre", Warsaw 1934, Vol. II, pp. 1011-12.

  • Moshe Pulaver -- "Geven iz a geto", Tel Aviv, 1963, pp. 59-61.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3814.
You can see Tsilbe's original biography in the Lexicon's volume 2.

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