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Abramsky, Chimen (1916–2010), bookseller and historian, was born on 16 September 1916 in Smalyavichy, near Minsk, Russia, the third of four sons of Yehezkel Abramsky (1886–1976), rabbinic scholar, and his wife, Reizel (d. 1965), daughter of the leading rabbinic figure Israel Jonathan Jerusalimsky...

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Cesarani, David Ian (1956–2015), historian, was born on 13 November 1956 in the Kingsbury Maternity Hospital, Kingsbury, London, the only child of Henry Cesarani (1921–2006), ladies’ hairstylist, and his wife, Sylvia Bella, née Packman (1921–1977). His paternal grandfather, Achilles Cesarani...

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Davidoff, Leonore (1932–2014), sociologist and historian, was born in New York on 31 January 1932, the daughter of Leo Max Davidoff (1898–1975), and his wife Ida née Fisher (1903–2001). Her parents were both Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe. Her father had migrated to the ...

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Davies [née Morpurgo], Anna Elbina Laura Margherita [known as Anna Morpurgo Davies] (1937–2014), linguist and philologist, was born on 21 June 1937 in Milan, the fourth child and only daughter of Augusto Morpurgo (d. 1939), engineer, and his wife ...

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Dawood, Nessim Joseph (1927–2014), translator, Arabic scholar, and Middle East consultant, was born Nessim Yosef David Yehuda in Baghdad on 27 August 1927, the sixth of seven children of Yosef David Yehuda and his wife, Muzli, née Twaig. His father had been a Jewish Iraqi officer in the ...

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Gilbert, Sir Martin John (1936–2015), by Gemma Levine, 1998

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Gilbert, Sir Martin John (1936–2015), historian, was born at 87 Fordwych Road, West Hampstead, London, on 25 October 1936, the son of Peter Gilbert (1902–1976), manufacturing jeweller, and his wife, Miriam, née Green. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Jardine [née Bronowski], Lisa Anne (1944–2015), historian and public intellectual, was born on 12 April 1944 at Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford, the eldest of four daughters of Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974), mathematician, literary critic, and broadcaster, and his wife, ...

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), by R. B. Kitaj, 1987

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), statistician, college head, and public servant, was born on 24 November 1922 in Berlin, the younger son of Ernst (Ernest) Moser (1885–1957), a successful and distinguished Jewish banker, and his wife, Lotte, née...

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Wilenski, Reginald Howard (1887–1975), art critic and historian, was born at 16 Upper Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London, on 7 March 1887, the son of Abraham Arthur Wilenski, merchant, and his wife, Alice (née Simeon), of 16 Upper Westbourne Terrace, Paddington. The surnames suggest a Polish ancestry, and Jewish descent on both his father's and mother's sides. Elected a foundation scholar at ...