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At the start of the 20th century, interest among the Jews of Europe in their own folklore was growing, triggered by changes to the lifeworld, values, and norms of Jewish communities. In Central and Eastern Europe prior to 1938 there was a Jewish ethnology that sought both to educate the surrounding Christian community and carry out cultural activities in their own. It took place outside…

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Hasan-Rokem, Galit and Schrire, Dani, “Folklore”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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