Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Moshe Potashinski


Born in 1903 in the shtetl of Książ Wielki, Kielce Gubernia, Poland. His parents were religious business people. He learned in a cheder, and until age fifteen in a Yeshiva, especially secular studies through his parents, continuing in commerce. He collaborated in a dramatic circle of Yiddish national and socialist organizations, debuting in 1919 with Hebrew songs in a Hertz academy, and in 1921, together with friends founded in Bendin an amateur circle for better repertoire.

In 1927 he entered into the first Yiddish dramatic school [directors: Dr. Weichert and David Herman], and debuted in Warsaw's Kaminski Theatre, for Peretz's ten-year "time", as "Badkhan-lts" in Peretz's "Beynakht oyfn altn mark (Night in the Old Marketplace". In the summer of 1925 he went on a tour across Poland with the theatre studio. At the end of the same year he entered into "Azazel", with which he toured across Poland until 1927, when he became a member in the Yiddish Artists Union, and he acted for a short time in the reorganization of the "Vilna Troupe" (leader M. Mazo). In the winter of 1927, and in the beginning of 1928, he acted in Krakow's Yiddish dramatic theatre (director Abraham Morewsky), then until 1929, -- again in "Azazel" and in the "Vilna Troupe" (director A. Stein). In 1929-30 he was  in the "Ararat" revue theatre (leadership -- Moshe Broderzon) in Lodz, and in the summer of 1930, with the assistance of some performers organized in Warsaw's "Elizeum" the small-arts theatre "Khaliastre (The Gang)". In 1930-1931, he acted in the dramatic troupes organized through the directorate of the Yiddish Artists Union in Poland, headed by Lidia Pototska,

Rudolf Zaslavsky et al. In 1931-32, he was again in the "Vilna Troupe" and in other dramatic troupes, until he traveled to Belgium, where he acted in Yiddish theatre, together with his wife, the daughter of actor Jacob Weislitz.

M. E. and Sh. E. from M. Perenson.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1617.

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