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Yiddish Theater


The City Museum holds a major collection related to theatrical productions performed or originated on New York's Yiddish stage. Highlights include works translated into Yiddish and performances of works originally written in Yiddish but translated into English. The collection also includes information on performances around the United States, in Europe, and in South America.
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["Miracle of the Warsaw Ghetto" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der nes in geto".

[Anna Teitelbaum as Mirele in

[Anna Teitelbaum as Mirele in "The Witch".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Di kishefmakherin".

[Hershel Gendel and other performers in

[Hershel Gendel and other performers in "Aristocrats", adapted from Sholem Aleichem's "Mentshn".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Ristokratn". Photograph by I. Russack, N.Y.

[Lazar Fried in

[Lazar Fried in "The Tenth Commandment".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Loy sakhmoyd".

[Jacob Ben-Ami in

[Jacob Ben-Ami in "Miracle of the Warsaw Ghetto".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der nes in geto".

[Jacob Ben-Ami backstage, for Peretz Hirschbein's

[Jacob Ben-Ami backstage, for Peretz Hirschbein's "Forsaken Nook".]

Photograph by Sol Fink. Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Farvorfn vinkl".

[Michael Gorrin and A. Cohen in

[Michael Gorrin and A. Cohen in "Clinton Street".]


[Belle Didjah in

[Belle Didjah in "Dudele".]


[Avrum Horowitz and Michael Goldstein as two young gangsters in

[Avrum Horowitz and Michael Goldstein as two young gangsters in "Clinton Street".]

Michael Goldstein is an alternate name for Michael Gorrin.

[Theater still of an unidentified production.]

[Theater still of an unidentified production.]


[Fela Biro and other performers in

[Fela Biro and other performers in "Aristocrats", adapted from Sholem Aleichem's "Mentshn".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Ristokratn". Photograph by I. Russack, N.Y.

[Judith Abarbanel.]

[Judith Abarbanel.]


[Belle Didjah in

[Belle Didjah in "Gypsy Blonde".]

With music by Paul Baron Girlando.

[Belle Didjah performing.]

[Belle Didjah performing.]

Tartar Dance. Costume by Boris Aronson.

[A scene in hell in

[A scene in hell in "The Tenth Commandment".]

Set design by Boris Aronson. Photograph by Robert Galbraith, Queens, N.Y. Standardized transliteration...

[Dora Weissman as a Spanish dancer.]

[Dora Weissman as a Spanish dancer.]

Photograph by The Rembrandt Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

[David Kessler as Yankel Shapshovitch in Sholom Asch's

[David Kessler as Yankel Shapshovitch in Sholom Asch's "God of Vengeance".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Got fun nekome".

[Berta Gersten in a prizewinning dress constructed entirely from the Yiddish newspaper

[Berta Gersten in a prizewinning dress constructed entirely from the Yiddish newspaper "Der Tog" for costume ball.]


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["Green Fields" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Grine felder". Bella Bellerina is on the far left....

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["Green Fields" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Grine felder". Bella Bellerina is wearing the white...

[Jacob Ben-Ami holding a gun over Berta Gersten in

[Jacob Ben-Ami holding a gun over Berta Gersten in "The Verdict".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der urteyl".

[Bella Bellarina in an unidentified production.]

[Bella Bellarina in an unidentified production.]


[Vilna Troupe.]

[Vilna Troupe.]

Top, left to right: Yehudis Lares, unknown, Gertler, unknown, Grossbert, unknown, Leyb Kadison, Khayim...

[Jennie Goldstein.]

[Jennie Goldstein.]


[2nd Avenue & 1st Street.]

[2nd Avenue & 1st Street.]


[Mary Ellis in

[Mary Ellis in "The Dybbuk".]

This was an English-language production. Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der Dibek"....

[Lucy Levine and Aaron Lebedeff in an unidentified production.]

[Lucy Levine and Aaron Lebedeff in an unidentified production.]


[Unidentified actress.]

[Unidentified actress.]

The actress's first name is Gertrude.

"Warsaw at Night"

Boris Auerbach's performance of William Siegel and Henry Levine's sex play. Music by Ab. Schwartz. Standardized...

[David Kessler playing the title role in Leon Kobrin's

[David Kessler playing the title role in Leon Kobrin's "Yankel Boyle".]


[Miriam Kressyn as an Israelite dancer in

[Miriam Kressyn as an Israelite dancer in "The Shepherd King".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der pastekh kenig".

[Ludwig Satz and Abe Ellstein rehearsing at home.]

[Ludwig Satz and Abe Ellstein rehearsing at home.]


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["Day and Night" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Tog un nakht".

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["Day and Night" theater still.]

Photograph by Kessner's Studio. Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Tog un nakht".

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["Bronx Express" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Bronks ekspres".

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["Bronx Express" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Bronks ekspres". From left: Victor Packer, Jacob...

Molly Picon

Molly Picon

Imp. R. Deligne, Paris. From a photograph by Moss Photo, N.Y.

[Lazar Fried as Chonon and Maurice Schwartz as The Messenger in S. Ansky's

[Lazar Fried as Chonon and Maurice Schwartz as The Messenger in S. Ansky's "The Dybbuk".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der Dibek".

[Albert Einstein and Mayor LaGuardia with cast from

[Albert Einstein and Mayor LaGuardia with cast from "The Brothers Ashkenazi".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Di brider Ashkenazi".

[Jacob M. Gordin.]

[Jacob M. Gordin.]


[I. L. Peretz and Yankev Dinezon.]

[I. L. Peretz and Yankev Dinezon.]

Written in Yiddish by the photographer, on the back of the postcard: Shniur. Dos shikt aykh / Khane....

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["My Maidela's Wedding" performed in Warsaw by Itzik Feld and Company.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Mayn meydele's khasene".

[Samuel Goldenberg in

[Samuel Goldenberg in "Back to His People".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Tsurik tsu zayn folk".

[Samuel Goldenberg in

[Samuel Goldenberg in "On This Sinful Earth".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Oyf der zindiker erd".

[Two scenes of a performance with Dzigan, Shumacher and Levine in the Aktyubinsk camp.]

[Two scenes of a performance with Dzigan, Shumacher and Levine in the Aktyubinsk camp.]

Aktyubinsk was a displaced persons or concentration camp in Russia.

[Menasha Skulnik and Sylvia Regan Ellstein.]

[Menasha Skulnik and Sylvia Regan Ellstein.]


[Abraham Ellstein on South African tour with Molly Picon.]

[Abraham Ellstein on South African tour with Molly Picon.]


[Abraham Ellstein in front of Franz Shubert monument in Vienna.]

[Abraham Ellstein in front of Franz Shubert monument in Vienna.]


[Abraham Ellstein, Zvee Scooler, Miriam Kressyn and Menasha Skulnik at WEVD.]

[Abraham Ellstein, Zvee Scooler, Miriam Kressyn and Menasha Skulnik at WEVD.]


[Sylvia Regan Ellstein, Anna Teitelbaum and Menasha Skulnik.]

[Sylvia Regan Ellstein, Anna Teitelbaum and Menasha Skulnik.]


[Abraham Ellstein on South African tour with Molly Picon.]

[Abraham Ellstein on South African tour with Molly Picon.]


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