The Closed Curtain: The Moscow Yiddish State Theater, 1980 [CLOSED]

Scene from the play  "The Big Win". Moscow, 1923. Their rigid marionette-like sitting  positions represented the way  of the wealthy in contrast to the  Jewish lower classes. (Beit Hatfutsot, the Oster Visual Documentation Center,  Zuskin collection)

Scene from the play “The Big Win”. Moscow, 1923. Their rigid marionette-like sitting positions represented the way of the wealthy in contrast to the Jewish lower classes. (Beit Hatfutsot, the Oster Visual Documentation Center, Zuskin collection)

Curator: Nava Schreiber

“I would have liked the Moscow Yiddish State Theater and its actors to be remembered not only in the light of the tragic events which beset them but principally for their artistic merit”, said Mrs. Ella Perlman, daughter of the actor Benjamin Zuskin, as she donated her father’s collection of photographs to Beit Hatfutsot. Mrs. Natalia Mikhoels-Vovsi, the daughter of Solomon Mikhoels, also lent the Museum photographs from her collection. Thanks to both of them this exhibition was made possible.

The exhibition depicts some of the diverse activities of the Theater, whose development occurred during the great cultural revival after the Russian Revolution. It traces the Theater’s story from the beginning and describes the artistic achievements and changes that took place over the years until the Theater’s destruction in 1949.