Memoir of Mark Josevich Sirota
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2 folders (approximately 234 pages of photocopies)
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- Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
The collection includes a memoir of Mark Sirota, a renowned Ukrainian Jewish actor and theatre director. The memoir, completed in 1970, only covers the author's life from 1901 to 1939. The work is divided into 12 main chapters. Sirota provides interesting account of his childhood in Zitomir ( Zhytomyr) , beginning of his theatrical career with traveling Jewish theatre, travels trough Ukrainian, Polish and Romanian provincial towns. The memoirs offer rich and detailed information about Jewish life, history of the Jewish theatre in the background of the Russian revolution, civil war establishment of the Soviet authority in Ukraine. The major part of memoirs covers 1920. In 1936 Mark Sirota was transferred to Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, where he served as Deputy Director of the local Jewish theatre till 1939. In the two last chapters of his memoirs, Mark Sirota provides a detailed account of the life and theatrical activities in Birobidzhan. The narrative ends in 1939.
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