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Allan, Elkan Philip (1922–2006), journalist and television producer, was born Elkan Philip Cohen at 16 Hoveden Road, Cricklewood, London, on 8 December 1922, the son of Allan Cohen, (d. 1952), furrier, later an owner of printing presses, and his wife, Rose, née...

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Beloff, (Leah) Nora (1919–1997), journalist, was born on 24 January 1919 at 65 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London, the middle of five children (two sons and three daughters) of Simon Beloff and his wife, Marie, formerly Katzin. Her elder brother Max, later Lord Beloff (1913–1999)...

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Bensusan, Samuel Levy (1872–1958), journalist and author, was born on 29 September 1872 at Dulwich, London, the second of five children of Jacob Samuel Levy Bensusan (1846–1917), feather merchant, and Miriam (1848–1926), the daughter of Moses Levy Bensusan and his wife, Emily. His parents were Orthodox Sephardi Jews of Spanish descent whose ancestors had held high office in the courts of the ...

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Binstead, Arthur Morris [nicknamed Pitcher] (1861–1914), journalist and author, was born on 6 January 1861 at 106 Great Titchfield Street, Marylebone, London, the son of Arthur William Binstead, manager of the Continental Gallery in Bond Street, and his wife, Mary Ann Morriss...

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Birk [née Wilson], Alma Lillian, Baroness Birk (1917–1996), politician and journalist, was born on 22 September 1917 at 10 Belgrave Place, Brighton, the daughter of Barnett Wilson (formerly Woolfson) of Stamford Hill, London, and his wife, Alice, née Tosh. Her father ran a successful greeting-card company, and she enjoyed a comfortable upbringing. She was educated at ...

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Henri Georges Stephan Adolphe Opper de Blowitz (1825–1903) by Henri Dochy © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blowitz, Henri Georges Stephan Adolphe Opper de (1825–1903), journalist, was born at Blovice in the Plzeň district of Bohemia, on 28 December 1825, the elder son of Marc Opper or Oppert, a tradesman, and Anne Hartmann. The exact circumstances of his early life are uncertain; the account that he dictated for his posthumously published ...

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Brandon [formerly Brandeis], (Oscar) Henry (1916–1993), journalist, was born on 9 March 1916 in Liberec, Bohemia—then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, but shortly to become part of Czechoslovakia—the only child of a banker in Prague whose family name was Brandeis...

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Fry [formerly Freund], Richard Henry (1900–2002), financial and political journalist, was born Richard Freund on 23 September 1900 in Berlin, the son of Rudolf Freund, a brewer and general merchant, and his wife, Betty. Both parents were from Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He had one brother. Although his father ran a brewery in ...

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Goldsmith, Lewis (1763/4?–1846), journalist and political writer, was probably born in Richmond, Surrey, according to most biographical accounts in 1763 or 1764. However, Goldsmith's self-serving claims that he was only twenty-seven in 1802–3 (Goldsmith, xix) would place the event between 1774 and 1776. Although he was of Portuguese Jewish descent, his mother's maiden name was apparently ...

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Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854–1930) by Hastings Bradshaw, c.1900 Chesshistory.com

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Gunsberg, Isidor Arthur (1854–1930), chess player and journalist, was born in Pest, Hungary, the eldest son of Abraham Gunsberg and his wife, Katharine, née Tapart. Records kept by Hungarian rabbis suggest that Isidor was born on 1 November 1854, but he himself believed his birthday was 2 November. ...

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Ernest Abraham Hart (1835–1898) by Camille Silvy, 1866 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hart, Ernest Abraham (1835–1898), medical journalist, was born on 26 June 1835 at Knightsbridge, London, the second son of Septimus Hart, dentist, and his wife. He was educated at the City of London School (1848–1852) where he had a brilliant academic career, gaining numerous school prizes, the school captaincy, and, in competition with ...

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Hinden [née Gesundheit], Rita (1909–1971), journalist and campaigner on colonial issues, was born on 16 December 1909 in Cape Town, Cape Colony, and given the name Rebecca, which she never used. She was the second of the four children of Jacob or Jacov Gesundheit (1880–1955)...

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Jackson, Michael (1942–2007), journalist and writer on beer and whisky, was born on 27 March 1942 at Stockeld Park maternity home, Spofforth, Wetherby, Yorkshire, the son of Isaac (Jack) Jackson, First Aid Party member and commercial traveller, and Margaret Duff, née Millington, the wife of ...

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Legum, Colin (1919–2003), journalist, was born in the Mont aux Sources Hotel in Kestell, Orange Free State, South Africa, on 3 January 1919, the fourth of five children of Lithuanian Jewish immigrant parents. His father, Louis Legum, kept the hotel. He was educated at ...

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(Henry) Bernard Levin (1928–2004) by Gemma Levine, c. 1985 Getty Images

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Levin, (Henry) Bernard (1928–2004), writer and broadcaster, was born on 19 August 1928 at University College Hospital, London, the only son of Philip Levin, journeyman tailor, and his wife, Rose, née Racklin. His father left the family when Bernard and his elder sister, ...

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Levy, Joseph Hiam (1838–1913), journalist and campaigner for individual rights, was born on 17 July 1838 at 7 Upper East Smithfield, Aldgate, London, son of Lawrence Levy, slop seller, and his wife, Maria Hiam. He was educated at the City of London School...