M. was born on 30 December
1889 in Warsaw, Poland. His father was a lumber
merchant. As a six-year-old child he went with his
parents to Vlotslavek, where he learned in a cheder and in
the Russian gymnasium. Here he also participated in the
school's productions. After his father's death, M. had
to become the one to provide for his family, and he went
to Lodz where he became a Russian-German
correspondent in the firm Y. K. Poznanski, afterwards
Vayazhar (traveling salesman) for the same firm across
Russia. He returned to Lodz; M. to the Yiddish circle
and he became a member of the society "Dramatishe kunst",
where he also directed with Mark Arnstein, Hauptmann's "Henshel
furman", in which M. debuted as "Kelner".
After participating for a
few years in "Dramatishe kunst", where he had at the
same time acted with Ester Rukhl Kaminska in Gordin's
repertoire with the society, M. became a professional
actor, and toured with the provincial troupe which E.
R. Kaminska organized. After acting for two years in the
troupe, M. went back to Warsaw, where due to illness,
he took a break from his stage activities for a
year-and-a-half, traveling afterwards across Poland
with various provincial troupes. He acted with Julius
Adler in Lodz and made a connection later with "Vik't"
as an actor and administrative leader.
Afterwards M. settled in Radom, where he became the
lessee of the local theatre "Rozmaytoshtsi", wherein he
brought in from time to time Yiddish troupes. He also
was the founder of the dramatic section of the Radomer "groser-klub" known as "Arbeter-vinkl (Workers' Corner)",
where he also directed various plays from literary
repertoire (in December
1932, he directed David Gergelson's "Der toyber").