SEMILIAN, SAVIN SOLOMON (1902– ), Romanian journalist and historian of Romanian Jewry. Born in Brăila, Semilian edited the economic columns of various Bucharest papers and wrote for most Romanian literary magazines and Jewish journals until dismissed during the Nazi regime. After World War II he resumed work as economic editor of the daily Cotidianul, Naţiunea, and other papers. He also wrote the history of Braila Jewry and on Jewish elements in Romanian folklore. He became librarian of Bucharest's Jewish archives and edited Revista Cultului Mozaic, a cultural fortnightly published by the Federation of Jewish Communities.
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