Born 22 October 1909 in
Odessa, Ukraine. Father, "Yosele Bass," a chazan, sang
in the troupes of Fiszon and Sabsey. At the same time
conducting with the chorus.
In his early
youth S. performed in Odessa with "amateurs,"
and when he arrived in America in 1927, he wanted to
dedicate himself to the Yiddish theatre, but due to
from the Actors' Union he wasn't able to carry it out, and he
became content with small roles in the "Yiddish Art
Theatre" ("Brothers Ashkenazi," "Three Cities," "Uncle
Moses," "Hard to be a Jew," "Seven Who Were Hanged," and
"God, Man and Devil.")
During the guest appearance
of his wife Fraydele (Oysher) in 1936 in Argentina, S.
performed with her, in the lover role in "A Cantor
for the Sabbath."
Sh. Roszhanski writes:
"...Here are a very few
words about Aaron Sternberg. He is a sympathetic youth
with a warm baritone, who harmonizes well with
Fraydele's contra-alto. He, just like her, is a
performer ...it calls extraordinary attention to the
superb, pearl-like Bessarabian Yiddish, which both young
performers speak, that Yiddish which is a pleasure to
hear ... literally a delight..."
T. Beilin writes:
"H. Sternberg as a proper,
gallant cavalier in a suit of clothes, which should be adjusted
before his performance, in his voice is