Descended from Vilna, Polish-Lithuania. According to the
actor Zalmen Koleshnikov, from 1933 to 1937 A. performed
in his itinerant troupe across Poland. Later he played
with non-Jewish troupes.
About his tragic end, Sh.
Kaczerginski noted in short: "Young actor. Taken by a
khaper [man paid to kidnap young Jewish boys as
recruits for the tsar's army.] Ponar, 1941."
Sh. Bliacher portrayed him
"A slender young man with a
black head of hair, a white face, barely a few decades
old, he had played in the theatre as he felt that he had
been in the theatre for a long time. He went around with
itinerant troupes across the small towns, often without
anything to eat to be full, slept on hard chairs
in the theatre, just like the audience that was there,
because very often he didn't have the money for a hotel.
Nevertheless he was at the theatre, because nowhere
else--he used to say--had he success with women; in the
end it does not look like you in the theatre. --I
had more enjoyment -- at times he had said -- when I
hear him, the artist Abelson, it is like a good lunch.
He played in roles for young
boys. His entire joyful jubilation was then downstream [aropgeshtromt].
In the wartime theatre,
where everybody, each and every young person, is given a
chance to appear, he especially had success in the role
of Siomke, in Sholem Aleichem's 'Hard to be a Jew."
Siomke, a broken father's young son, as it was by Sholem
Aleichem, it was just as planned for Abelson. In the
theatre he was called with love 'Der Zhulikl [the
rouge?],"/' and he indeed had a wide range of uses for
his young singing.
More and more he undertook
the role of a 'boyfriend' in Daniel's 'Ulysses.' This
was a role with dramatic accounts, which fit him very
In the last production of
theatre, in '200,000' by Sholem Aleichem, he played the
role of Solomonchik, the tsebalevetn balebatishns
son. Here again it was like home [to him].
But he did not object to
hit. As the bombs began to fall, he fled, but not
successfully. He was killed... killed during the full
Sh. Kaczerginski -- "The
Destruction of Vilna," New York, 1947, p. 228.
Sh. Bliacher -- "Eyn un tsvantsik
un eyner," New York, 1962, p. 76.