Born in 1897 in Iasi,
Romania, into a poor family. Due to the strong poverty
in his home, he became an errand boy at the age of ten,
a theatre property manager and stage worker in the
troupe of Adolph Segal, getting paid for all this
twenty-five ban a day, beyond fetch. After two years he
went over to director Ashkenazi. Because of this, he
would cut out pieces of theatre clothing, and from that
make things for the choristers, and he was removed by
Ashkenazi, but out of need he soon returned to him,
where he suffered much misery.
In his autobiography there
were many episodes, among them the following:
"Once we were traveling from
Iasi to Vaslui. I was exhausted, and I had a lot of
packages, God forbid not mine, and among the packages
was a chest with ten wigs. I was greatly annoyed,
because I had worked very hard for an entire day, and as
I left the train I forgot the chest with the wigs, that
it is being brought to the production. The wigs are not
here...Well, well, imagine how many slaps I received at
that time, and what I had to withstand...
In summary, he [the
director] does not want to know, but it is time to bring
the wigs. I don't have any (own) money and never have.
The prompter Yashe Ettinger was merciful to us, and he
gave us several leu, which had only was sufficient to
travel several kilometers, I decided to go on foot. I
went twenty verst until I am arrived at the Tekutsh
station, and there I found, at the main .