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.

Memories of the Yiddish Theater at Kadimah on Lygon Street in Carlton, Melbourne

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Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former actor in the Melbourne amateur Yiddish theater, describes what the building of the Kadimah looked like when it was located at Lygon Street, Carlton. He also describes what the backstage was like while preparing for a performance.

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.