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Ben Giat (Ghiat, Benghiat), Aleksander
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Aleksander Ben Giat (Ghiat) (ca. 1863–1923), was a Sephardi journalist, author, translator, and publisher. He was born in Izmir (Smyrna), where he attended an Alliance Israélite Universelle school. In 1884 he co-founded a short-lived Ladino periodical called La Verdad (The Truth). Over the next few years, he wrote for La Buena Esperansa and El Telegrafo until, in 1897, he founded his own Ladino newspaper, El Meseret (The Joy).

In its opening issue, Ben Giat announced that the new paper would be a school for young and old, and emphasized El Meseret's literary character.The paper …

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Olga Borovaya and Julia Phillips Cohen, “Ben Giat (Ghiat, Benghiat), Aleksander”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 04 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000165>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 2489

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