HERMAN, DAVID


HERMAN, DAVID
HERMAN, DAVID (Nathan-David; 1876–1937), Yiddish theater producer. Born in Warsaw, Herman had a traditional education, studied dramaturgy in Warsaw, wrote initially in Polish and Hebrew, but turned to Yiddish when he joined the bund . He organized a dramatic group in Warsaw in 1903 that produced plays by I.L. Peretz , sholem aleichem , and sholem asch . In 1908 he organized another group in Vienna that staged plays by david pinski , Asch, and Peretz in German. On his return to Poland, where the Russian ban on Yiddish theater had been lifted, Herman worked with the peretz hirschbein troupe and organized with Peretz and A. Mukdoni a Yiddish drama school in Warsaw. He was also director of the vilna troupe , for which he staged the first production of an-ski 's "Der Dibuk" (1920), which proved an international success. In 1931 he immigrated to the U.S. -ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Z. Zylbercweig, Leksikon fun Yidishn Teater, 1 (1931), 634–6. (Joseph Leftwich / Jerold C. Frakes (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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