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Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared


Tuesday 29th January 2019 from 9.30 to 5.30 pm.

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

Start: Nov 27, 2014 06:15 PM

Vanessa Freedman, UCL

Thursday November 27th

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 It includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, unpublished memoirs, photographs, press cuttings and more.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.

Vanessa Freedman has been Hebrew & Jewish Studies Librarian at UCL since 2007, and was previously Assistant Librarian at Leo Baeck College. Librarianship is her second career, after working as a charity fundraiser for a number of years. She has a BA in Classics from Cambridge University and an MA in Library and Information Studies from UCL, where she was awarded the Sir John Macalister Medal. Her MA dissertation was on classification schemes for Jewish Studies libraries, and she has presented conference papers on this topic. In her current post she is responsible for the Hebrew & Jewish Studies and Dutch collections in the Main Library and also works on the Jewish rare book, manuscripts and archival collections. One of her Special Collections projects has been the arrangement, cataloguing and digitisation of the Gaster Collection, following on from the work of her predecessor Trude Levi z”l. 

Reception 6.15 pm Chadwick G08, Chadwick Building, UCL

Lecture 6.45pm


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