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 ,,,