Sunday 10 December 2017


            The brother of the artist Rudolf Zaslavski, he was born in Odessa, Ukraine.  He studied in a Talmud-Torah and in the municipal school in Odessa.  On 1920 he was cofounder of the Jewish state theater “Kunst-vinkl” (Art corner) in Kiev, where he performed for several years.  In 1925 he departed for Argentina, where he participated in a variety of theatrical undertakings.  In 1928 he played the Yiddish theaters through Europe.  He composed musical numbers, poetry, and prose declamations for the theater, and he also wrote the music and lyrics to Hannah Notesfeld’s comedy Parnose (A living), to Molnar’s Der tavl (The devil), to Sholem-Aleykhem’s Tevye der milkhiker (Tevye the dairyman), and to An-Shi’s Der dibek (The dybbuk).

Source: Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 2 (New York, 1934), with a bibliography.
Yankev Kahan

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