Moshe Lazar (1928-2012) was a professor in many subjects at the University of Southern California from the late 1970s until
a year before his death. In addition to the many topics he taught at the University, he actively and avidly researched a
variety of topics related to medieval literature, antisemitism, and Sephardic studies. The materials in this collection span
the breadth of his scholarly interests and activities.
One of the world’s most eminent authorities on Sephardic studies, Moshe Lazar began his life in Rumania in 1928, though his
family moved to Antwerp, Belgium when he was still an infant. In 1940, the Lazar family was forced to flee to France when
Nazi planes bombed Antwerp. The family was placed in a transit camp for three years as they awaited deportation to Auschwitz,
but was finally able to escape with the help of the French Underground. Young Lazar was placed in a Catholic school where
he memorized English and mathematics textbooks.
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