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Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre
BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE WHO WERE ONCE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE;
aS FEATURED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
VOLUME 5: THE KDOYSHIM (MARTYRS) EDITION, 1967, Mexico City
At the outbreak of World War II, B. returned to Lodz. While in the ghetto, he and Moshe Pulaver (formerly an actor with the Ararat Theatre) organized a theatre. B. not only wrote new scores for their productions, he even wrote plays and librettos.
B. was part of the last group of Lodz Jews to be deported to Auschwitz. He brought his violin and all his scores with him. Even in the camp, he tried to provide entertainment for his fellow Jews. He lived until Liberation, but died immediately thereafter.
Sh. Kaczerginski published some of B.’s songs in his "Lider fun di getos un lagern". These included “Tsigayner lid” (The Gypsy Song) and “A yidish lidl” (A Little Jewish Song)—to which B. wrote both the lyrics and music.
B. also wrote the music for the following, which are published in the same collection: “Sand Shines in the Sun," “Small Clouds," “Childhood," “The Sun Reflecting on the Window Pane," “Close Your Eyes," “No Almonds, No Raisins," “I Live in the Ghetto, in the Caucasus," and “The Little Tailor." Katsherginski was able to publish some of these with their melodies.
B. was married to the well-known actress Andzhe Foderman. She was killed earlier on. Their only son, Pinyek (also a musician), survived the war in Russia, and thereafter came to America.
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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 5, page 3725.
Also see an earlier biography of B. Beigelman in Volume 1 by clicking here.
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