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.
Michael (Mendl) Szmerling's Oral History
Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former Yiddish theater actor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Michael (Mendl) Szmerling was born in Kalisz, Poland in 1936.
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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