MOYSHE SHVARTSFELD (1857-1943)
He was born in Jassy (Iași), Romania. He was one of the most important Romanian Jewish historians and journalists. In Romanian he published numerous works on Jewish folklore, on the new Yiddish theater, and the Yiddish press in Romania. Over the years 1873-1884, he compiled from the people Yiddish proverbs, jokes, fables, anecdotes, and other sorts of Yiddish folk creations, altogether 7000 entries. He died in Bucharest.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Shloyme Bikl, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (January 24, 1958); Julian Shvarts, Literarishe dermonungen (Literary reminiscences) (Bucharest: Kriteryon, 1975).