Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Avraham Rozenboym


Born on 2 February 1911 in Radomsk, Poland. Father -- worker on a farm, where through an accidental wound he died from this work in September 1915.

He learned in a cheder, in a Polish folkshul and Yiddish in an evening school in Warsaw, where the family had moved to.

Still in his early youth he learned tailoring, which became his calling, but always he dreamed of becoming an actor and "staged" male characters.

The first production that R. saw was the "Dybbuk" offering by the "Vilna Troupe', which made him an immense impression on him, which only increased his desire for the theatre. Then he saw an entire production in Yiddish, Polish and Russian and took to studying about theatre, actor, regisseur and stenographer, and he began to perform with recitations.

During the Second World War, he was rescued in the Soviet Union and evacuated to Tomsk, and when the Leningrad Theatrical Institute was evacuated there too, and advertised for students of theatre in the theatrical faculty, R. not hearing the Russian language, the license exam discouraged him  and he then enrolled in the school in 1946 in Moscow, where he moved over to.

Here he also acted in small episodic roles, and he participated in sporadic Russian and Yiddish productions.


In 1946 he returned to Warsaw, and when he organized there at the end of 1947 the Jewish State Theatre under the direction of Ida Kaminska, he joined in and participated in episodic and small roles, traveling for a short time (1951) when he went over to the Polish stage, but soon he returned to the Yiddish theatre.

R. performed at the same time with word concerts in Yiddish, Polish and Russian with songs, prose and ballads.

Sh. E.

  • B. Fried -- In lublin vil men ofter hern a yidish kinstlerish vort, "Folksshtime", Warsaw, 3 February 1959.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4953.

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