Born in 1894 in Warsaw,
Poland to poor Chasidic parents. Until age fourteen he
learned in a cheder, but not being "excited" about his
rabbi, he took to learning tailoring with his father.
Here he worked more than two years, and during that time
he became closer to many tailor-gezeln,
especially with one, who was called "Avraham Chaim
filosof (philosopher)," who familiarized him with
In his autobiography, he
"Once, finding himself in a circle of forty-five people,
we had -- when we had learned a two-chapter history from
Professor Gretz -- the representative of the circle,
gave out brochures, among them 'Family Tsvi' by David
Pinski, which was then spread by the Bund. The brochure
was popular with us, and I used to get together with
friends and demonstrate the types from 'Family Tsvi,'
from which everyone enjoyed greatly, which had us at the
same time thrust us into the theatre."
G. became known to a group
of amateurs, among them the future actors the Fenigstein
brothers, and they soon went on their way,
acting for a very short time across the province,
then returning, and G. joined them as a professional into the
troupe, which the actors Antowilska with her husband
Bordo put together there, where he debuted as "Beynishl"
in "The Yeshiva Student." Then he acted in the troupes of Veyshof and Schwartzbard, where he received important