Vanessa Freedman, Librarian, Hebrew and Jewish Studies Library, UCL
Moses Gaster and the Anglo-Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
G08 Chadwick Building, November 27, 2014, 18:30-20:00
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 Head 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 It includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, unpublished memoirs, photographs, press cuttings and more.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. This talk will use items from the collection and extracts from the memoirs to describe Gaster’s life.