Prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948, Yiddish was the language of the Jews.
The devastation of the Holocaust prompted a scattering of the Jewish diaspora, and a diluting of the mameloshn (mother tongue). Jews fled to Australia, bringing with them suitcases, hope, and Yiddish: the language and culture.
This story considers this generation of ageing survivors – traditionalists of their mother tongue, as they are confronted with a new, resurgent generation, who are determined to keep Yiddish alive in this modern time.
Screens with Boris Dorfman: A Mentsch
16 mins / ENGLISH, YIDDISH
Director — Erin Rosenberg