Img. ID: 13950
צ' וועגנ שלאפנ שונ עס שלאפט צ' וועלט. אונ אז עף ג''ט ארוס א'נ מ'טנ נאכט צ' כלא פעס א'נ צ' סראכעס א גרוסע א''מע פוגלענ שלאפנ נ'ט א'נ ק'עוועף וואלצ וו'ל עף ג''ט הלשנ דעם געוו'נלעכעף]...[ מאנ בוטרע גר''ט כ'נ צארעס צער אלמאנע אונ 'עסומע. In the center of the picture, on the top of a green and grey hill one can see a jewish musician playing a pipe. He is dressed in a peaked cap, a white shirt and dark crimson coat. He is standing in a half-turn to the left. A low white fence outlines the triangular form of the hill. It goes upwards from the left lower corner of the drawing, rounds the top of the hill and goes half way downwards the second slope, where it disappears as though in the depth of the space. A black stripe of the background is also following the outlines of the hill. Above this stripe in the corners there are two similar triangles of green and grey colour representing the sides of a raised curtain. (On the stage this small curtain was hanging before the main one.) The edges of the triangles are decorated with a white lace, reminding of a fence outlining the hill under them. There is a large inscription in Yiddish written on the black background to the left and to the right of the musician. It is written in white letters in four lines. It runs as follows: "The roads are already sleeping and sleeps the world. The rich men and the merchats are terror-stricken when he appears in the middle of the night. The birds are not sleeping in the Kiev wood when he makes his way to help to common people. Boitre does not have in store troubles for a widow and for an orfan."
Akselrod, A design for a super-curtain for "Boitre the Robber" by M.Kulbak | Unknown
Synagogue active dates
Ukraine | Kyivska obl. | Kyiv (Kiev)
Documentation / Research project
The work is painted with gouache on the back side of an outline map.
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Languages of inscription
Type of grave
Number of Lines
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Signature in LR. M.Akselrod,36 in Russian cursive letters. Gouache and brush.
Summary and Remarks
"Boitre the Robber" is a play by Bielorussian jewish writer M.Kulbak. It was staged in Kiev GOSSET in 1936. A year later, after the arrest of M.Kulbak, the play was excluded from the repertoire of the theatre. The events described in the play take place in the beginning of the 19th century. Boitre - a jewish Robin Hood, a defender of poor people, a noble avenger - restores justice in jewish schtetls. The design of the theatre curtain is probably influenced by motives of jewish tombstones -mazevot. (See, for example, D.Goberman "Jewish Tombstones", Moscow, 1993, ill.No.155.)
1991 brought to Israel.
Main Surveys & Excavations
G.Fedorov "Meir Akslrod", Moscow, p.,19. E.Akselrod "Meir Akselrod", Jerusalem, 1993, ill. No.73.
| M.Y. 6.1994
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