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Peter James Henry Benenson (1921–2005) by Carolyn Djanogly, 1999 © Carolyn Djanogly; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benenson, Peter James Henry (1921–2005), barrister and human rights campaigner, was born on 31 July 1921 at 6 Albert Court, Knightsbridge, London, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Josiah Solomon (1885–1930), army officer, and his wife, Flora (1895–1984), daughter of the Jewish Russian banker ...

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Benjamin, Judah Philip (1811–1884), barrister and politician in the United States of America, was born on 11 August 1811. His parents, Philip and Rebecca Benjamin, London shopkeepers, were Sephardic Jews of British nationality, who, in 1807, sailed from England to make their home across the ...

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Beyfus, Gilbert Hugh (1885–1960), barrister, was born on 19 July 1885 at 77 Linden Gardens, Kensington, London, the only son of Alfred Beyfus, a solicitor of 69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, and his wife, Emmie Marguerite Ruth, daughter of Robert Plumsted. Of Germanic Jewish origin on his father's side, he was educated at ...

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Frankel, William (1917–2008), barrister and newspaper editor, was born Woolf Frankel at 1A Eastman Court, Whitechapel, London, on 3 February 1917, the second of three sons of Isaac Frankel, a street trader and synagogue beadle, and his wife, Hannah (Anna), née Lacker. His parents had arrived from the Galician area of ...

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Heilbron, Dame Rose (1914–2005), barrister and judge, was born on 19 August 1914 at 27 St James Road, Abercromby, Liverpool, the younger daughter of Max Heilbron and his wife, Nellie, née Summers. She was originally named Rosie, but this was later changed to ...

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Dame Rose Heilbron (1914–2005) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jacob, Sir Isaac Hai [Jack] (1908–2000), barrister and jurist, was born on 5 June 1908 in Timtang Road, Shanghai, the third of ten children of Jacob Isaiah Jacob (1863–1935) and his wife, Aziza, née Abraham (1887–1976). His father, a Sephardic Jew, had moved from ...

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Laddie, Sir Hugh Ian Lang (1946–2008), barrister, judge, and legal scholar, was born on 15 April 1946 at 34 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, the elder son and second of three children of Bertie Daniel Laddie (1915–1987), a solicitor then serving as a captain in the ...

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Levy, Allan Edward (1942–2004), barrister, was born on 17 August 1942 at Bury Infirmary, Bury, Lancashire, the only child of Sidney Levy, a radio engineer, and his wife, Mabel, née Lewis. The family lived at Prestwich and Levy attended Bury grammar school and ...

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Leonard Bertram Schapiro (1908–1983) by Michael Werner, exh. RA 1972 © reserved; Royal Academy of Arts, London

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Schapiro, Leonard Bertram (1908–1983), historian and barrister, was born in Glasgow on 22 April 1908, the elder son and second of three children of Max Schapiro and his wife, Leah Levine. His father, educated at the universities of Riga and Glasgow, was the son of a wealthy sawmill owner at ...

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See Shenfield [née Farrow], Dame Barbara Estelle

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Waley, Jacob (1818–1873), barrister and Anglo-Jewish community leader, was the elder son of Solomon Jacob Waley (d. 1864), of London, and his wife, Rachel Hort. Simon Waley, pianist and composer, was his brother. Educated in London at Mr Neumegen's school in Highgate...