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.

Fond Memories of Maisons-Laffitte, A Children's Home in Post-WWII France

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Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former actor in the Melbourne amateur Yiddish theater, describes living in France after leaving a DP camp in Germany. His family had found a room in Paris hrough the Bund, but it was not big enough for them, so he stayed in a children's home for four years.

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.