Girša Etkins folklore collection of Latvian Jews
Girša Etkins collection
of Latvian Jewish folklore holds 515 units. Materials (in two kinds of
Yiddish ortography and translated into Latvian and Russian) includes
proverbs, sayings, beliefs, anecdotes, imprecations, curse words,
explaining yiddish words in Latvian, and a description of Latvian and
Jewish relations in Rēzekne.
The folklore collector Girša Etkins was born in Rēzekne in 1895. He was a
teacher and translator, since 1926 he started to collect Jewish
folklore. His first Jewish folklore collection was destroyed during the
German occupation, but the second Etkins sent to Latvian Folklore
Archives at the end of 1946.