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Gershevitch, Ilya (1914–2001), scholar of Iranian languages, was born Ilja Gerschewitsch on 24 October 1914 in Zürich, the only child of Aron (Arkadi) Gerschewitsch (1891–c.1926), a medical student, and his wife, (Rose) Mila Mirov (1889–1975), a pianist. Stranded in Germany on the outbreak of war in 1914, his Russian parents had fled to ...