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.
Not So Undeveloped After All: First Impression of Australia
Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former actor in the Melbourne amateur Yiddish theater, describes how his first sight of Australia, a port in Fremantle, completely changed his opinion of what Australia would be like.
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Escaping Anti-Semitism in Post-war Kalisz, Poland and Life in the Hoff Displaced Persons Camp
2 min 5 sec
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