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The Man who never threw anything away: Moses Gaster and his World

Thursday 27 November

Sir Moses Gaster


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The Man who never threw anything away: Moses Gaster and his World

Start: Nov 27, 2014 6:15:00 PM

Sir Moses Gaster
Moses Gaster (1856-1939) was born in Romania but expelled due to his political activities on behalf of the Jewish community. He emigrated to England and was appointed as Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community and later Principal of the Judith Lady Montefiore College in Ramsgate. He was one of the leading figures in the Zionist movement in England and played an important role in the negotiations that led to the Balfour Declaration. As well as his communal and political activities, he was a prolific scholar in both Jewish and non-Jewish fields. Gaster left behind a vast archive of over 170,000 items, which his heirs deposited at UCL. It includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, unpublished memoirs, photographs, press cuttings and more. There is also a large collection of ephemera, such as visiting cards, greeting cards, invitations and menus. This talk will use items from the collection and extracts from the memoirs to describe Gaster’s life and the Anglo-Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will be illustrated with images from the ephemera collection, which has been partially digitised.
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