Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Albert Segalesko


Born on 19 December (A. S.) 1889 in Vaslui, Romania. Parents -- the actors Mordechai and Amalia Segalesko, who soon settled after his birth in Bucharest, where his father directed a theatre troupe partnership with Lazer Tsukermanin in the Lazer's coffee house.

At ten years old he entered into a conservatory in Bucharest, and at the same time began to act in children's roles in the local Jignitza under the direction of his father (Director -- M. Lieblich and Itsikl Goldenberg), and performed in a chorus as an alto.

At thirteen he became a conductor. 1906 -- completed, with a second prize, the conservatory in declamations and music, at the same time completing harmony and counterpoint with Professor Kostaldi but not seeking his musical education, drew him more to the stage, and when Itsikl Goldenberg traveled to America in 1908, he began to act in roles for adolescents until 1913, acting in Bucharest and in the Romanian province and guest starred in Czernowitz (Director -- Akselrad), Vienna (Hotel Stefanie, Director -- M. Ziegler), and Budapest (Crystal Palace, Director -- Wertheimer).

1913 -- taken into the military and participated in the World War on the Romanian front against Bulgaria. Returning to Romania, he again began his theatre activity, together with Leopold and Sara Kaner et al.

1916 -- arrested due to the military environment, sat for six months in the Galata prison, and then was sent to the military front, where he was wounded, then again he was sent to the front, where he deserted and arrived in Iasi, where he entered into the national theatre as a second opera conductor. Here he also wrote an oratory for a revue, which was performed there many times. Not seeing, however, certain? due to his desertion, and hearing about the February Revolution in Russia, he fled together with  his friend, the actor Adolf Segal, in 1917 to Odessa, where he was soon taken in as a member of a Yiddish troupe. 1919 -- entered into a local Jewish state theatre under the direction of Bartanov, then into the "Kometa" Theatre, and back to the Jewish state theatre. Later he migrated with Yiddish troupes across the Ukraine. 1925 -- celebrated in Odessa his twenty-fifth stage jubilee, then acted for a season in Leningrad, and again in the Ukraine.

1918 -- participated in Odessa in the film "Di yidn in romania".

S.'s daughter, Rokhele Paskevitsh, acts in the All Ukraine Jewish State Theatre in Kharkov. His second wife is the actress Roza Brin, the former wife of Max Brin.

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Sh. E. from Mark Leyptsiker.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1509.
You can read Albert's amended biography in the Lexicon's memorial volume no. 5.

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