Born in 1892 in Warsaw, Poland, to
well-to-do parents. He learned in a yeshiva. At the age
of seventeen, he was an "amateur" and then began to
prompt professionally in Warsaw's "Elizeum" for which he
later also wrote one-acters.
In 1912 he was operetta regisseur in the
Julius Adler-Lipovski Circus Theatre in Lodz, and here
he also issued "in a revue", a comedy in one act [Lodz,
1912, 16 pp., 16°], in 1913 joined
Zandberg in the Lodz Grand Theatre, and there staged his
operetta "Fir farflibte", or "Dr. zeyfnbloz", later his
operetta "Dirh-gelt" (music by Leo Kopp), then arranged
for Lipovski in Vilna, where he directed his operetta "
Lebedik un lustik" [a free adaptation by Z. Zylbercweig,
translated by Jacobson for "oeyn gemakhter man"],
published in book form: "Lebedig un lustig", a comical
operetta in four acts. Published by the bookstore
Bletnistki Brothers in Odessa, Odessa Tre"d, Paris, 30
kopecs [80 pp., 16°]
B. was an excellent stage
technician, and possessed the capability of good humor,
especially in his easy and shteygreyf gegramte
During the war, B. settled
in Russia. here he wrote only two operettas: "Madam
freulein", an operetta in three acts, published by the
publishing house of the bookstore "Bletinitzki Brothers"
in Odessa, Odessa Tre"d [80 pp., 16°], and under the
pseudonym "Buff" wrote "Khatzkele bl-bu*nik", an
operetta in four acts, Kharkov, printer A. Fridman,
publisher "Rampe" 1918, price 5 rubles [64 pp., 16°], in
e same publishing house and also published his one-acter
"Oyfn gonev brent dos hitl".
After the March Revolution,
B. turned to the operetta and became very active for the
idea of a modern, pure Yiddish theatre. He was the
initiator of the first conference for the Yiddish
artists in Kiev, chairman of the Yiddish Artists Union
in Kiev, and had in 1918 edited the first and only issue
of "Der idisher artist".
B. was a member of the
Yiddish artist theatre "Unzer vinkl" in Kharkov, then
went over to Kiev with a part of the artists from "Unzer
vinkl" and there opened a theatre "Unzer vinkl", and was
a teacher of the Yiddish dramatic studio in Kiev, and
from there he traveled with a troupe in April 1920 to
Odessa, but on the way he, with Kaziatin, when the
Polish military took the Ukraine, was killed by
murderous hands, together with the young actor Yoel (Grisha)
B. assembled a special
theatre handbook, and left material for a history of
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp. 234-5.
Zygmunt Turkow --
Dosyidishe teater in rusland, "Yidish teater",
Warsaw, I, 1921.
Bulletin, "Kultur lige",
1920, pp. 78-9.
Jonas Turkow -- In shotn,
"Yidishe bine", Warsaw, 1, 1924.