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Gaster, Moses (1856-1939)

Coordinated by Simon Rabinovitch

Boston University, Department of History

Moses Gaster (1856-1939) was born in Romania. Like other Jewish intellectuals, he had to leave his native country and he found refuge in Vienna, then in England, where he joined the Folk-Lore Society in 1886. He collected Samaritan, Hebrew, Slavic and Arab manuscripts, but also Jewish amulets and objects of Romanian folklore. Among his most significant works on folklore are Jewish Folk-Lore in the Middle Ages (1887), Roumanian Bird and Beast Stories (1915) and Children’s Stories from RoumanianLegends and Fairy Tales (1923).

Keywords: Romania | Jewish studies

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