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.
Ideology of SKIF and the Bund
Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former actor in the Melbourne amateur Yiddish theater, explains what SKIF is and offers an interpretation of the Bundist ideology, highlighting the Bundist idea of making the best of the community wherever Jews lived.
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 Antisemitism in Post-war Kalisz, Poland and Life in the Hoff Displaced Persons Camp
2 min 5 sec
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