Margaret is a Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. She is a published author, an experienced researcher, teacher and lecturer. The youngest child of Holocaust survivors her professional and personal interests lie in the Jewish immigrant experience and the reconstruction of life in the post war period. Her publications include The Emergence and Development of the Holocaust Witness 1941-1949, a co-authored biography of Walter Lippmann and A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne. Margaret is a Yiddish speaker who spent her formative years in the vibrant immigrant community of Thornbury before shifting south of the Yarra.
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Language with chutzpah
The number of speakers may have fallen away, but interest in Yiddish culture and language is now experiencing a global revival, including in Melbourne.