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Koteliansky, Samuel Solomonovich [known as Kot] (1880–1955), translator and literary associate, was born on 28 February 1880 in Ostropol, Starokonstantinov district, Volhynia province (present-day Ukraine), a part of the Russian empire's vast pale of settlement to which Jews were confined. He was naturalized as a British citizen in 1929, and in his British passport his date of birth is given as 1 April 1880, a discrepancy that is most likely an instance of ...

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Simmons, John Simon Gabriel (1915–2005), librarian and Slavonic scholar, was born on 8 July 1915 at 2 Duchess Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the second of three children and elder son of Bernard Rintel Simmons (1868–1956), manufacturing jeweller, and his wife, Johanna, née Selig (1886–1940)...