Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Saul Wallerstein

W. was born on 3 February 1873 in Kovno, Lithuania. His parents were innkeepers. In 1886 he came with his parents to America, and in 1890 was a member in Goldfaden's dramatic school in New York. Due to a conflict at the Roumanian Opera House, W. was given the opportunity to perform, debuting in the play "Di farblondzhete neshome (The Wandering Soul)."

Later, he went to London where he performed in halls and baneyt back the Yiddish production, which was there oybergerisn until the fictitious fire in 1887. Now W. went over to the English province, and he acted for several months in Belgium, later nine months at the Royal Theatre in Leeds (England), again in London, for the first time, in the Standard Theatre, and then together with Feinman in Bucharest (Romania). From then W. went to South Africa and (together with his wife Esther, Yakov Rosenfeld, Katzman and with his wife and Diana), he offered the foundation for a local Yiddish theatre.

Because of a conflict with the donors, W. left Africa and went to London where he acted in several works, then for a short time was in New York with Thomashefsky, then in Chicago with Glickman and in Philadelphia. W. again went to London, where he acted for a short time with M. D. Waxman, then back to South Africa, where he directed for eight years, directing together with Waxman and later alone, bringing there actors from London and Galicia.


However, due to the creation of motion pictures, which diminished the existence of the Yiddish theatre, W. went back to London, where he acted for Feinman, later for nine months in Argentina and again back in London and Paris. Due to the World War he went back to America, where he was the director in Brooklyn's Lyric Theatre, later for five years the director for the Royal Theatre, then he took over the Globe Theatre in Cleveland and eventually settled in Buffalo, where he stepped back from the stage and opened a cinema.

Sh. E.

  • B. Gorin -- "Di Geshikhte fun idishn teater (The History of the Yiddish Theatre)," Vol. II, p. 197.

  • {--} -- Unzer "Keyk," "Di idishe fon," Johannesburg, 11 November, 1909.

  • Dr. Y. Kritikus -- Sol Wallerstein's ehren abend in gloyb theater, "Yid"Tgblat," N. Y., 8 May, 1917.

  • H. Hersh -- Idish teater in drum-africke, "Drum afrike," 5, 6, 1928.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 649.

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