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Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899–1978) by A. R. Coster, 1924 [after winning the 100 yards at the AAA championship at Stamford Bridge, London, on 21 June 1924] Getty Images – A. R. Coster

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Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant, was born at 30 Rutland Road, Bedford, on 15 December 1899, the youngest in the family of two daughters and four sons of Isaac Klonimus (1850–1921) of Vladislavovka in Russian-occupied Poland and his wife, Esther Isaacs...

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Berk [née Heymansohn], Lieselotte [Lotte] (1913–2003), dancer and fitness trainer, was born on 17 January 1913 in Cologne, Germany, the only daughter of Jewish parents. Her Russian father, Nicolai Heymansohn, was originally a tailor and owned shops selling clothing for men. Her German mother died of a stroke when ...

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Joseph Coral (1904–1996) by unknown photographer, 1969 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Coral [formerly Kagarlitsky], Joseph [Joe] (1904–1996), bookmaker, was born on 11 December 1904 into a Jewish family in Warsaw, Poland. His father, Abraham Kagarlitsky, died when he was very young; his mother, Jessica, took Joe and his two brothers to London, before the First World War, and they settled in the ...

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Sheila Van Damm (1922–1987) by Lewis Morley, 1962 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Damm, Sheila Van (1922–1987), rally driver and theatre director, was born on 17 January 1922 in Gloucester Terrace, Paddington, London, the youngest of three daughters (there were no sons) of Vivian Van Damm (d. 1960) and his wife, Natalie Lyons. Although her father had sponsored motorcycle speedway events in the 1920s, before inheriting the ...

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Gold, Sir Arthur Abraham (1917–2002), businessman and sports administrator, was born on 10 January 1917 at 97 Sandringham Road, Dalston, London, the son of Mark Gold, a Jewish taxi-driver and later garage proprietor, and his wife, Leah, formerly Goldstein. He was brought up in ...

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Golombek, Harry (1911–1995), chess player and writer on chess, was born on 1 March 1911 at 200 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, the younger son in the family of two sons and three daughters of Barnet Golombek (1877/8–1943), a successful grocer, and his wife, ...

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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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Halford [formerly Hyam], Frederic Michael (1844–1914), angler and writer on fly-fishing, was born at Spring Hill, Birmingham, on 13 April 1844, one of the five children of Samuel Hyam, clothier, and his wife, Phoebe, née Levy. The Hyams were a Jewish family, originally from ...

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Henriques, Sir Basil Lucas Quixano (1890–1961), founder of youth clubs and magistrate, was born in London on 17 October 1890, the youngest of the five children of David Quixano Henriques, who had an import and export company in Manchester and London, and his wife, ...

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Loewenthal, Johann Jacob [formerly János Jakab Löwenthal] (1810–1876), chess player, son of a Hungarian merchant, was born at Budapest in July 1810. He was educated at the Gymnasium of his native town, and received his first chess lessons from Szen, the noted Hungarian player, then a clerk in the archives at ...

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Markus [née Scharfstein], Erika [Rixi] (1910–1992), bridge player and writer, was born on 27 June 1910 in Gura Humora, then in the Austro-Hungarian empire (but now in Romania), the youngest daughter of Michael and Louise Scharfstein, a prosperous Jewish couple with interests in forests and vineyards. After the First World War the family moved to ...

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Daniel Mendoza (1765?–1836) by Henry Kingsbury, pubd 1789 (after J. Robineau) © Copyright The British Museum

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Mendoza, Daniel (1765?–1836), pugilist, the son of Jewish parents, Abraham Mendoza and his wife, Esther, née Lopes, was born, according to the fighter's memoirs, on 5 July 1764 in the parish of Aldgate, London. However, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue records show he was circumcised on 12 July of the following year, making a birth date of 5 July 1765 much more probable....