Sunday 30 November 2014


YEHUDE-LEYB BOYMVOL (1892-April 1920)
     Born in Warsaw to well-to-do parents, he studied in yeshiva.  At age seventeen he became a theater prompter.  In 1912 he was an operetta director for Julius Adler’s theater in Lodz.  He was the author of a series of operettas and one-act plays, such as: Oyf a repetitsye (At rehearsal), Fir farlibte, oder d”r zayfnbloz (Four in love, or Dr. Soap Bubbles), Dire-gelt (Apartment rent).  In books: Lebedik un lustik (Alive and cheerful), a comedic operetta in four acts (Odessa, 1914); Madam-fraylayn (Madame), an operetta in three acts (Odessa, 1914); Khatskele kol-boynik (Khatskele, the rascal), an operetta in four acts (Kharkov, 1918); Oyfn ganef brent dos hitl, komedye (When the thief burnt the hat, a comedy) (Kharkov: Rampe, 1918), 16 pp.; and he edited Der idisher artist (The Jewish artist) (Kharkov, 1918), 32 columns.  During the years of the revolution, he was an initiator of the first conference of Yiddish artists in Kiev, and he was a teacher at the Yiddish Dramatic Theater in Kiev.  He died at the hands of a murderer in Ukraine.  He was the father of the Soviet Yiddish writer, Rokhl Boymvol.

Sources: Z. Zilbertsvayg, Teater-leksikon, vol. 1; Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; H. Bloshteyn, “Yehude-leyb boymvol (tsum 25nt yortog fun zayn toyt)” (Yehude-Leyb Boymvol, on the 25th anniversary of his death), Eynikeyt (Moscow) (May 22, 1945).

[Addition information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 70.]

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