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Yablokoff, Herman

Yiddish songwriter, lyricist, actor, playwright, director & producer
1903–1981

Herman Yablokoff - Biography

To full biography at Milken Archive, click here.

For additional recordings (including biography) at Yiddish Music, click here.

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Joan Franks Williams - Biography

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Viktor Ullmann - Publications

Viktor Ullmann - Biography

Viktor Ullmann was born in Teschen (now Český Těšín), Czech Republic on January 1, 1898. Ullmann’s father was an officer in the Austrian Imperial Army stationed in Teschen.  In 1909, the Ullmann family moved to Vienna, and Viktor began studying music theory with Dr. Josef Pohlaneur.

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Martin (Rosebery d'Arguto) Rosenberg - Biography

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Noam Sheriff - Publications

Noam Sheriff - Biography

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Michal Smoira-Cohn - Publications

Michal Smoira-Cohn - Biography

Born in Tel Aviv, Michal Smoira-Cohn studied at the Palestine Academy of Music (graduated 1947), and later at Uppsala University in Sweden (1956-1958). Among her many activities in Israel's music scene are, to name a few: Editor of Bat Kol magazine; director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra; music critic for Ha'aretz newspaper; and lecturer at Tel Aviv University and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Her writings discuss subjects such as Israeli folksongs, and various phases in the history of Jewish music.

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Ephraim Skliar - Publications

Ephraim Skliar - Biography

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Jacob Koppel Sandler - Publications

Jacob Koppel Sandler - Biography

Born in Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine. Immigrated to the US in 1888 where he worked in the Yiddish theater and was the choral director for several cantors. He composed several Jewish themed operettas, one of them featuring the famous song "Eli, Eli" (sometimes printed "Eili, Eili"). There is some dispute as to whether Sandler really composed it, others claiming it was originally a folk song.

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Beyglman, David

Conductor & theater director in the Lodz ghetto
1887-1944

David Beyglman - Biography

David Beyglman, conductor, was born in 1887 in Ostrowiec (Kielce province of Poland). Beyglman began his musical education at a young age, studying several instruments, chiefly the clarinet and the violin. In 1912, he became the director of the Yitskhok Zanberg Yiddish Theater Company. In addition, he was affiliated with the Azazel and Ararat Yiddish Theaters centered in Lodz. 

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