of a countrymen), Regina
Zuckerberg, Peter Graf, to impresario Yankele
Kirshenbaum, however no less to the founder and director
of the Yiddish Art Theatre, Maurice Schwartz, who he
had, through the bakers' organization, constantly showed
the necessary assistance.
On 15 December 1939 the
"Specialty Bakery Owners of America" celebrated with a
large banquet the twenty-fifth year anniversary since
S.'s association with them, and from this opportunity
there was published a collection of articles by S.,
under the name, "My 25 Years with Jewish Bakers" (283
pp., journal format in Yiddish, and 76 pp. in English.)
On 17 November 1950 there
was celebrated his seventieth birthday, with a banquet
and a journal (this time there it was certainly mostly
greetings, and most of them in English.)
On 31 December 1951 S.
passed away in New York.
characterized him this way:
"Shemesh belonged to
the true 'patriotn' [avid fans] of Yiddish
theatre, but of the better sort. He was not impressed by
any of them. he did not break anybody's bones, although
he also had his "stars," who he had actually represented
and could not take any criticism against them. However,
although he was a very dynamic [person], even a Chasid,
however, he loved his artistic expressions more in works
than in words. On one hand, he used the pen for this
purpose. Although the journal, which he had written, was
a purely professional journal, and it was definitely for
a profession, professional problems, that was near to
Shemesh's heart, and generally it was out of love for
the Yiddish theatre, writing reviews, in which he
emphasized to a greater degree the good sides, as for
the criticism, always primarily arousing, that one
should go to the Yiddish theatre.
His relation to the Galician
Jewish actors was actually brotherly, especially when
that actor needed his assistance, chiefly with the
elderly, or in the case of illness."
M.E. from Louis
Moshe Shemesh --
"Mayne 25 yor mit di yidishe beker, " New York,
[--] -- Moshe
shemesh plutslung geshtorbn, "Di yidishe bekers
shtime," N.Y., 4 January 1952.