Tuesday 5 November 2019


ZIGMUND SHENKMAN (May 28, 1861[?]-September 18, 1932)
            He was an artist, born in Warsaw.  His Jewish name was Zaynvl.  He was living in the United States from 1887.  He acted in numerous Yiddish troupes in Europe and America.  He was one of the finest tenors on the Yiddish stage.  He wrote the plays: Dos lebn in nyu-york, oder tsvey kets in eyn zak (Life in New York, or two cats in one bag) and Der idyot, oder di gloke (The idiot, or the bell)—both staged in New York.  He used to sing his own songs in Yiddish vaudeville houses.  He died in New York.

Source: Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 4 (New York, 1963).
Berl Cohen

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