Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Bernard Sauer
(Berl Zablotski)


Born on 2 September 1924 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He learned in a cheder. As the grandson of Shlomo Zablotski and Sonya Tsimerman, cellar singer and later a Yiddish actress in Russia, they were throughout the year touring with the troupes of Fishzon, Spivakovski and Kaminski, he used to for them hear various stories about the part-time, itinerant life of the Yiddish actor, and had in him a surge in interest in the Yiddish theatre.

In 1938 S. joined "Ayft", under the direction of David Licht and participated also a little later in various Spanish theatrical productions. In 1945 he debuted as a professional Yiddish actor during the guest appearance of Joseph Buloff in "Yoskhe muzikant", then he acted with the guest-starring Maurice Schwartz, Jacob Ben Ami, Dr. Paul Baratov, in serious repertoire, also with Pesach'ke Burstein, Ben Zion Witler, Jennie Levitz, Jennie Goldstein, Herman Yablokoff et al in light repertoire.

S. participated in the plays: "Kidush HaShem", "Esterke", "The Wise Men of Chelm", "Yosele solovey", "Faraway Corner", "Green Fields", "The Father", "Lebediker ms", "Der brenendiker dorn", "Na dnye", "Beethoven's Sonata" and in Goldfaden and Gordin repertoire.

Beyond Argentina, until feyerland, S. also has acted in South Africa, and since 1963, when he had settled in America, where he was brought by Herman Yablokoff, and he acted over the many Jewish communities of the United States and Canada, as well as the New York "Folksbiene", as technical contributor with regisseur David Licht

 Since 1964, he has been connected with Ben Bonus and Mina Bern in the "Village Theatre" on Second Avenue, then with them on Broadway and on many tours across the country, not only as an actor, but also as a stage director.

S. also has acted in Spanish and Portuguese with the famous artists Enrique De Rosas, Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Pepita Gonzalez, Libertad Lamarque and Luis Sandrini, and has participated in three films in Argentina, and two in Brazil. S. also has directed from 1946 until 1949 a Spanish radio program in Argentina.

Sh. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4945.

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