Summary of Radio Program Contents,
Commentary and News:
Yosl Mlotek welcomes his listeners to
the Saturday evening show in the same
time, which gives itself over to the
world of Yiddish.
In the world of art we will have a chat
with the well-known writer Zalmen
Zylbercweig, in honor of his new book
“The World of Jacob Gordin” and will
hear excerpts of Yiddish theatre later.
Announcements for Sunday concert of one
hundred and ten children graduating from
Arbeter Ring shul, and that the Arbeter
Ring camp in Sylvan Lake is open for the
Mlotek reintroduces Zalmen Zylbercweig
by stating that his work on Yiddish
theatre [contains] much of what we
know... Forty or fifty years of his life
Zylbercweig has given over to this work
in service of the Yiddish theatre, says
the Arbeter Ring. He was close to the
Yiddish theatre to envelope the Jewish
people in the culture of Yiddish.
Mlotek tells Zalmen Zylbercweig that he
has looked into his book and knows that
this is not his first book, and what
were your earlier books?
Zalmen Zylbercweig thanks Mlotek and
compliments him on the news about the
one hundred and ten Workmen's Circle
graduating students. He agrees that it
is not his first book (it is his tenth),
and he enumerates his other books
including Theater Mosaic,
Behind the Curtain, the Goldfaden
Jubilee book and of course his
Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre.
Some of the dialogue to the program:
YM: Will talk about that later, but back
to Jacob Gordin; so given the adage that
a name must mean something, why the
title The World of Jacob Gordin?
ZZ: Gordin immersed himself in
Shakespeare, who said that, and that the
book title was not just about the life
of Jacob Gordin but the world in which
he created it, as he existed at the peak
of Jewish life, that is the sweep of the
book not only in both Gordin's personal
and public life, but also the press, the
actors and the critics of his time and
the voices of the working people who
loved his works during an epoch that has
become entirely lost but can now be
YM: You are right. We are hoping that
many people will feel the same way who
lived through that world, but I, who did
not, was also caught by that world.
Thank you much friend Zylbercweig for
all your books and histories.
ZZ: I will tell you that I gave a
lecture on this subject for the Arbeter
Ring and the National Workers
Organization and for others like you who
did not live through this. This was a
gift just as I am hoping your listeners
can also be brought into this lost
YM: Speaking of this lost world we will
now hear from the beloved and famous
Dovid Kessler, who sings “Mizmor L’Duvid”
from "God, Man and Devil" of Jacob
Gordin, which was taken from Miriam
Kressyn’s theatre album.
So, what else have you brought, Zalmen
Zylbercweig, from your warm and lovely
home in Los Angeles?
ZZ: I have a love for the Yiddish
theatre, which is made even stronger
when connected to a holy purpose.... are
like a monument to the murdered Yiddish
actors, there is no monument to them.
This edition of the Lexicon (Vol. 5 --
ed.) will be that eternal
monument to the three hundred and twenty1
Yiddish actors and actresses murdered by
Hitler. Every Jew who loves the Yiddish
word knows these spirits should be
honored. Yiddish theatre was a people’s
institution, and so a monument should
honor the wide swath of the everyday
YM: Yes, I was at the conference:
scholars, historians, everyday people
who listened to the plan, Max Bozyk,
Seymour Rechtzeit, and all quietly
blessed you and thanked God we had a
Zalmen Zylbercweig. You have done great
ZZ: With the help of the Workmen’s
YM: We are here to help you, to be your
hands and are certain that our listeners
are excited. This is a great work:
composers, writers –- Gebirtig was among
them –- this will remain an eternal
remembrance. Return home safely, Zalmen
Zylbercweig, and I am sure people will
help you in this glorious work.
ZZ: A heartfelt thanks.
YM: Let us now end the show with a
fragment of a piece from Yeshiva
Bokher by Boris Thomashefsky, “Kaddish.”
-- In the end, four hundred and
ninety-seven biographies were included
in the Lexicon's memorial fifth volume.
Credits: The estate of Zalmen
Zylbercweig, and WEVD/Forward
Association. Synopsis by Henry Sapoznik.
next: WEVD, Seymour
Rechtzeit and Miriam Kressyn, Sept. 1982