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Lexicon of the Yiddish
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE;
IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City
A. was born on 18 September
1894 in Lodz, Poland. His father was a ritual
slaughterer; his uncle was a rabbi. He completed a
As a youth he was very
interested, and often secretly visited the Yiddish and Russian theatres
when he was a yeshiva student. In 1913 he began to
participate in literary and musical events. In 1915 he
performed for he first time in Zylbercweig's troupe as "Hirsh Ber" in
Kobrin's "Der dorfs-yung." After performing with the local
troupe across the Polish province, he acted for several
months in M.D. Waxman's troupe in Lodz's Thalia
Theatre, then with member troupes across the Polish
province. Since 1918 he toured with member troupes across the province of
Galicia. In 1920 he acted for several months in Przemysl
under the direction of Ebell, then for two years with a
member troupe (organized by the local artists' union) in
Lemberg. Later again he traveled with various member
troupes across the province.
During the Second World War
he acted in Lemberg, and when the troupe fled, he
almost fell into the Nazi hands. He went away, to travel
around under the worst conditions, across the Soviet
Union. He died in Bukhara during the typhus epidemic.
Here his daughter Leah
(Lola) Amzel also died of typhus, she who at the age of nineteen
or twenty was a "wonder child." She had acted in
Yiddish theatre for the state, and even guest-starred.
In Lemberg's State
Yiddish Theatre, during the Second World War, she
played the title role in the dramatization of Jacob Dineson's "Yosele."
A.'s wife, Golda (Genia
Shnayder), also had acted on the Yiddish stage.
She was rescued from the Nazi murderers, and found
herself (later) in the land of Israel.
from Meir Melman.
"Lexicon of the
Yiddish Theatre," New York, 1931, Volume 1,
AAdapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 4017.
You can read Wolf Amzel's initial Lexicon biography in volume 1 by clicking
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