Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Yakov Pekerov


Born on 1 January 1869 in Yelisavetgrad, Ukraine.

In 1893 he began to act in Yiddish theatre in Paris, together with the Gelis family. Later he played character- and dramatic roles, together with Malvina Lobel, Charles Nathanson, Sigmund Feinman, Nathan Izikowitz, Aaron Nager, Krause, Morris Axelrad, Joseph Sherman, Boris Rosenthal, and for a certain time also under the direction of Avraham Goldfaden. Then he played with several of the aforementioned actors in England and Belgium.

He immigrated to Argentina, and there P. guest-stared with local actors; Berta and Karl Gutentag, Samuel Goldinburg, Malvina Lobel, Marienof, David Baratz, Sam Auerbach, Jacob Silbert, and he excelled with his fine interpretations of his roles.

In 1923 P. traveled to Chile, and there he played for a long time in Yiddish theatre.

"Then he -- according to B. Berdichevsky -- returned to Argentina, but he already was old and week, and it slowly derveytert him from acting permanently, and hoping that in Chile, where there was still a lack of actors, he could again lightly resume being an actor, and his friend and farerer had provided for him the post as a supervisor in "Circulo Izraelita" (a Yiddish kehila], and so he remained in Chile until the end of his lonely life.... Pekerov, moreover, was all alone, without family, on his own without a means of making ends meet... the "Bikur Cholim" in the "Circulo

Izraelita" protected him with a small monthly pension.

Yakov Pekerov passed away (in Santiago on 21 September 1932) in a hospital, where he lay deserted and forgotten, as always, for a long time.... A good friend, a farerer of death, Yidl Miller, ...had at his own expense, carried out his funeral, and with his own money placed ... a dignified stone on the grave of this solitary actor."

Sh. E.

  • B. Berdichevsky -- Bam kvr fun yakov pekerov in santiago de tshile, "Teater," Buenos Aires, Vol. 14, 1943.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 1833.

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