Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Devorah Rosenblum


Born on 6 December 1909 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. Father -- a printer. She completed the first Yiddish folkshul under the name of Shimeon Frug, then the eight-class Sofia Markova's Yiddish gymnasium, at the same time a five-year course from the ballet school under the direction of Helena Lashkovitsh and studied in the dramatic school with the Polish theatre "Reduta".

In 1928 R. began to perform as a dancer on the Yiddish and Polish stage, 1930 -- took to acting in Yiddish theatre with Clara Young, and in the same year acted with the Vilna "operetta ensemble". 1931 -- entered into the "Vilna Troupe" (leader -- M. Mazo), with whom she went on tour across Western Europe and married a member of the troupe Nakhum Melnik.

In 1934, when a part of the members of the "Vilna Troupe" decided to split in London, she and her husband returned to Poland, due to the contamination of the Jews from the former Polish government, held back from this, and remaining outside a theatre troupe, they passed over(?) the programs of small-arts, for which the time oysgevaksn the "Rozenblum -- Melnik theatre: the theatre of two". Both became in 1936 invited to South America, where they directed and participated in a large program of small-arts and plays of artistic content. They acted in Buenos Aires  in the "Ift" Theatre, and enriched at the same time their small-arts program.


After a tour across South and Central America, she arrived in America in 1946, acted for ten weeks in New York, and managed four tours across the United States and Canada. In 1953 for two years they went on a world tour across Central and South America, Europe and Israel.

R. then performed from time to time in New York with word concerts.

Sh. E.

  • E. V. -- A kinsterishe farshtelung, "Unzer fraynt", Montevideo, 30 June 1936.

  • Wolf Bresler -- "Hi-gelebt", "Morgentsaytung", Buenos Aires, 31 August 1936.

  • Shmuel Rozhansky -- Revi mit a tsugob fun der alter heym, "D.A.'Ts", Buenos Aires, 31 August 1936.

  • W. Bresler -- "Der oytser", Buenos Aires, 28 September 1936.

  • W. B. -- "Dos lebn ruft", same, 4 October 1936.

  • T. Beylin -- [Dr. L. Zhitnitsky] -- notitsn un bamerkungen, "Di prese", Buenos Aires, 19 March 1937.

  • T. Beylin -- Notitsn un bamerkungen, same, 17 December 1937.

  • T. Beylin -- Notitsn un bamerkungen, same, 31 December 1937.

  • Yankev Botoshansky -- Tsvishn farhang in leyvnt, "Dats", 7 April 1939.

  • T. Beylin -- Notitsn un bamerkungen, "Di prese", Buenos Aires, 2 June 1939.

  • M. Yardeni -- Fir yunge khzn'tes in klinton teater un ershter oyftrit fun 2 gest shoyshpiler fun argentine, "Der tog", N. Y., 31 October 1946.

  • N. M. [Meisel] -- Devorah rozenblum un nakhum melnik, "Yidishe kultur", N. Y., N' 10, 1949.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5195.

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