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Also Known As: Died: September 10, 1993
Born: Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: Poland Profession: actor, narrator

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The daughter of victims of the Holocaust, Karin trained at the Moscow State Jewish Theater during WWII and began performing after the war with her husband, Norbert Horowitz, in a traveling Yiddish theater they created for Holocaust survivors. She immigrated to the US in 1949 and enjoyed a successful career in New York's Yiddish theater scene, later expanding to Broadway and off-Broadway in shows including "The Wall", "Yentl", "A Call on Kuprin", "Scuba Duba" and "The House of Blue Leaves". Karin also made intermittent feature film appearances beginning the 1970s; her most memorable roles include the boisterous landlady, Yetta Zimmerman, in "Sophie's Choice" (1983) and Mrs. Schreier in "Enemies: A Love Story" (1991). Her TV roles include a stint as Jackie Mason's mother on the ABC sitcom, "Chicken Soup". Karin also distinguished herself as a reader of the works of Sholom Aleichem, and performed them annually on the anniversary of the noted author's death.

The daughter of victims of the Holocaust, Karin trained at the Moscow State Jewish Theater during WWII and began performing after the war with her husband, Norbert Horowitz, in a traveling Yiddish theater they created for Holocaust survivors. She immigrated to the US in 1949 and enjoyed a successful career in New York's Yiddish theater scene, later expanding to Broadway and off-Broadway in shows including "The Wall", "Yentl", "A Call on Kuprin", "Scuba Duba" and "The House of Blue Leaves". Karin also made intermittent feature film appearances beginning the 1970s; her most memorable roles include the boisterous landlady, Yetta Zimmerman, in "Sophie's Choice" (1983) and Mrs. Schreier in "Enemies: A Love Story" (1991). Her TV roles include a stint as Jackie Mason's mother on the ABC sitcom, "Chicken Soup". Karin also distinguished herself as a reader of the works of Sholom Aleichem, and performed them annually on the anniversary of the noted author's death.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pickle, The (1993) Grandmother
2.
 He Said, She Said (1991) Mrs Spepk
4.
 Enemies, A Love Story (1989) Mrs Schreier
5.
 Kojak: The Belarus File (1985) Mrs Fitzev
6.
 Brass (1985) Mrs Dietz
7.
 Sophie's Choice (1982) Yetta Zimmerman
8.
 Matilda (1978) Spectator
9.
 Big Fix, The (1978) Aunt Sonya
10.
 Nicky's World (1974) Mrs Mylonas
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1945:
Left the Soviet Union for Germany after parents and other relatives were killed in the Holocaust and she finished her theater studies; served as narrator of the US Information Agency's first documentary about the liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps, "The Mills of Death"
:
Aided by the US government, Karin and husband Norbert Horowitz founded a traveling Yiddish theater group that performed for Holocaust survivors
1949:
Immigrated to the United States; continuing acting career in New York's Yiddish theater scene
1960:
Made her Broadway debut in "The Wall"
1971:
Made film debut in "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"
1974:
Played first notable TV role in the TV-movie, "Nicky's World"
1989:
Played Bea Fisher on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Chicken Soup", starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave
1993:
Last TV appearance, on an episode of the TV drama, "Tribeca"
1993:
Last film, "The Pickle"
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Education

Moscow State Jewish Theater: -

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husband:
Norbert Horowitz. Actor. Also a graduate of the Moscow State Jewish Theater.

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son:
Michael Horowitz. Survived her.
daughter:
Rochelle Axelrud. Survived her.

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