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Martin Boris interviews....



In the 1980s, writer Martin Boris set out to write a book1 about Yiddish acting great Maurice Schwartz. In order to gather information for this book, Boris set out to interview a number of Yiddish theatre people to gather information about Schwartz and his Yiddish Art Theatre troupe. One interviewee was the lovely Charlotte Goldstein, who was interviewed on three different occasions in 1999. Charlotte, who acted many times with Maurice Schwartz, was considered by many to be his ingénue. Last year Charlotte, currently one hundred and one years of age, was gracious enough to send me a copy of her autobiography ("Memories are Forever" by Charlotte Chafran), as well as contribute to her own biography in the Museum's new online, eighth volume of the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre." She also helped update the biographies of other members of her acting family: her father Jacob Goldstein and her grandparents Charles and Anna Shapiro.The Museum of Family History, of which the Museum of the Yiddish Theatre is part of, has acquired these recordings from his gracious widow and is making available to you sound clips and/or texts or transcripts of these interviews in a piecemeal fashion, as they are being created.

The sound clips will be presented to you here as an mp3 file. Stay tuned ,,,



1 -- Martin Boris passed away before he could publish his biography of Schwartz, "Once a Kingdom." However, the Museum of Family history has published it online, and it is available for you to read in its entirety. He has written other articles about the Yiddish theatre, and they too can be read on the Museum's website. Just search the website under his name, "Martin Boris."