The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

The Soup Story: Protecting Precious Food in Siberia During World War II

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Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former actor in the Melbourne amateur Yiddish theater, explains how his mother accepted soup as payment for seamstress work while living in Siberia during World War II.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael (Mendl) Szmerling.

This excerpt is in English.

Michael (Mendl) Szmerling was born in Kalisz, Poland in 1936.