Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


A. Samberg
[Itzhak-Ayzik Samborek]


Born on 22 February 1889 in Warsaw, Poland, in a well-to-do family. Through his father's cousin, the actor and theatre conductor Avraham-Yitzhak Kaminski, he performed in the Yiddish theatre, where he debuted on 7 September 1907 in Warsaw's Jardin d'Hiver. Since then, S. has for a long time acted in dramatic and character roles in the drama, then he went over to the operettas, participating with Clara Young.

Since 1920 he rejected the shund repertoire and was one of the organizers of Warsaw's Central Theatre, where he participated in the direction of the pure Yiddish and European repertoire, attracting special attention from the press and theatre public in the title role of Sholem Asch's "Motke the Thief", and for Gogol's "Revizor".

In the summer of 1923 he joined the "Vilna Troupe", with whom he went on tour across Romania, where he directed Sholem Aleichem's "Dos groyse gevins (The Big Winner)" (acting in the role of "Shimele sororker"), and (together with L. Kadison) Berger's "Mbul", and in 1924 in Bucharest, Moliere's "Der karger (The Miser)" (acting in the title role).

For a certain time S. retired from the "Vilna Troupe", and went around guest-starring through various troupes. 1928 - he rejoined the "Vilna Troupe" when he arrived in Warsaw, and there he performed under the direction of Dr. Michael Weichert in Sholem

Asch's "Kidush hashem" (role of "Mendl arendar"), then under the direction of David Herman in Levinson's "Di veyberishe kniplekh", and in Peretz's "Beynakht oyfn altn mark" (role of "Lts"), and under the direction of M Weichert in Shakespeare's "Shylock" (title role).

Spring 1923 -- went off to Argentina, where he began to guest-star in May 1923 in Buenos Aires' Olympia Theatre as "Motke ganef". Then he directed here and acted in the main role in "The Miser", "God of Vengeance", "Day and Night", "The Big Winner", "Shylock", "The Inspector General (Der revizor)", "Shlomke sharlatan", "Unter velt (Underworld)", by Langer, "Der farsholtener" by Bielaya, Sholem Asch's "Kidush Hashem", and then went to guest-star across the Jewish colonies of Argentina, and from here went to Brazil and Uruguay.

Returning to Europe, he guest-starred over Poland and directed in Warsaw Paul Lindoy's "Prokuratur halers" {"Der andere"]. Acting in the title role, then he guest-starred in Riga's Yiddish Meutim Theatre, staging his repertoire. Returning to Poland, in August 1930, he joined Warsaw's Novoshtshi Theatre, performing as "Robespierre" in M. Weichert's offering of Bikhner's "Danton's Death". He further guest-starred in Riga and then over Poland, and he joined Warsaw's "Vin't", where he performed on 25 April 1930 in Kaminski's Theatre in the title role of David Bergelson's "Der toyber".

Fall 1932 -- traveled to America, where he performed on 17 November 1912 in Brooklyn's Gaiety Theatre (Director: Boris Thomashefsky) in his offering of Moliere's "Gvald meyn geld" -- "Der karger [The Miser]" -- and on 23 November 1932 in Bergelson's "Der toyber", with which he finished his guest-starring in America and, after performing in the Yiddish Art Theatre under the direction of Maurice Schwartz as "Motke ganef", he left America.

S. had -- as an individual Yiddish actor -- took part in the Polish film "Pan tadeush" by Mitzkevitsh (in the role of "Yankel Tsimbalist").

He more often was a member of management, and also chairman of the Yiddish Actors Union in Poland.

Sh. E.

  • [--] -- Ver zeynen unzere aktyorn ?, "Teater un kino", Lodz, 1, 1922.

  • A. Samberg -- Yidishe aktyorn vegn zikh, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 63, 1925.

  • Itzhak A. Samberg -- Vi azoy ikh bin gekumen tsu der bine, "Teater tsaytung", Warsaw, 1, 1928.

  • Dr. L. Zhitnitzky -- Samberg als "motke ganef", "Prese", Buenos Aires, 7 May 1929.

  • N. Tsuker -- A. samberg in "motke ganev", "Argentiner tog", Buenos Aires, 7 May 1929.

  • Sh. R. [Rozhansky] -- Sambergs debyut in sholem ash's "motke ganev", "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 7 May 1929.

  • Dr. L. Zhitnitzky -- Samberg -- der "mentsh" harpagan, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 17 May 1929.

  • N. Tsuker -- Y. samberg als "der karger" in teater olimpo, "Argentiner tog", Buenos Aires, 17 May 1929.

  • Joseph Rabinowitz -- Sambergs "karger", "Prese", Buenos Aires, 18 May 1929.

  • T. Beilin -- "Got fun nekomah" fun sholem ash mit a. sambergn als yekl shapshovitsh, "Prese', Buenos Aires, 26 May 1929.

  • T. Beilin -- A. samberg -- rbi dn in sh. anski's "got un nakht", "Prese", Buenos Aires, 28 May 1929.

  • T. Beilin -- "Dos groyse gevins' fun sholem eleichem in teater "olimp" mit a. samberg also "shimele soroker", "Prese", Buenos Aires, 4 June 1929.

  • Dr. L. Zhitnitzky -- Vegn shekspirs "sheylok" bkhll un a. samberg als "sheylok", "Prese", Buenos Aires, 10, 11 June 1929.

  • Shmuel Rozhansky -- Samberg der shoyshpiler in oyffirungen fun shekspir un molier, "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 17 June 1929.

  • Dr. L. Zhitnitzky -- A. samberg -- kunst un literatur, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 19 June 1929.

  • Y. M. -- Di komedye "der revizor", tsu a. sambergs ern-ovnt, "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 21 June 1929.

  • Dr. L. Zhitnitzky -- In der teater velt, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 21 June 1929.

  • T. Beilin -- Gogols "revizor" in teater "olimpo". Der groyser erfolg fun a. sambergs ern-ovnt, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 21 June 1929.

  • M. D. Giser -- "Shlumke sharlatan" fun y. gordin, oyfgefirt durkh a. samberg iz teater "olympo", "Argentiner tog", Buenos Aires, 26 June 1929.

  • Shmuel Rozhansky -- Sholem ashs "kidush hashem", oysgfirt fun a. samberg in olimpo, "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 1 July 1929.

  • Dr. Y. Kovensky -- Di gute darfn nit opkumen far di shlekhte, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 23 August 1929.

  • Nun tsadik [N. Tsuker] -- Y. a. samberg in teatr "argentiner", "Argentiner tog", Buenos Aires, 8 October 1929.

  • Shmuel Rozhansky -- "Untervelt" oyfgefirst fun a. samberg in teater argentine, "Idishe tsaytung", Buenos Aires, 13 October 1929.

  • Y. Botoshansky -- Y. a. samberg, "Prese", Buenos Aires, 28 October 1929.

  • Kh. Emer -- "Sheylok" in munitsipal-teater, "Broz idishe prese", Rio. 19 November 1929.

  • Bello -- Samberg hot geshpilt. Der folks kinstler, "Unzer lebn", Montevideo, N' 178, 1929.

  • Motl Yiddish -- "Der karger" fun molier, "Der forsholtener" fun sofia biela in der oysfirungfun itzhak a. samberg, "Onheyb", Rio, N' 1, 1929.

  • Motl Yiddish -- Shekspirs "sheylok" mit sambergn in der hoypt-rol, "Onheyb", Rio, N' 2, 1929.

  • Motl Yiddish -- "Tog un nakht" in smabergs oysfirung, "Onheyb", Rio, N' 5, 1929.

  • Aaron Zeitlin -- A. samberg, "Unzer ekspres", Warsaw, 14 February 1930.

  • A Shvartser [Yakov Nisenbaum] -- Gastroln fun a. samberg, "Lubliner togblat", 23, 30 March 1930.

  • K. [Kitay] -- A. samberg in rige, "Frimorgn", Riga, 29 May 1930.

  • Dr. Moshe Lustig -- Prokurator halers in 3 aktn fun f. lindoy, "Morgn", Lemberg, 16 September 1930.

  • Kit -- Ayzik samberg in "toybn", "Frimorgn", Riga, 10 January 1931.

  • Henekh Kon -- A. samberg, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 11 1932.

  • Ab. Kahan -- A nayer shoyshpiler in a piese fun bergelson in geiti-teater. Itzhak samberg in "Der toyber", "Forward", N. Y., 26 November 1932.

  • B. Y. Goldstein -- Itzyak samberg -- a gast fun poyln, "Fraye arbayter shtie', N. Y., 9 December 1932.

  • Dr. A. Mukdoni -- A gast fun eyropa. Tsu di oyftritn fun a. samberg, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 11 January 1933.

  • L. Fogelman -- Di aroystretungen fun a samberg in nyu-york, "Forward", N. Y., 13 January 1933.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1438.

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