Chimen Abramsky

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Chimen Abramsky (September 12, 1916 – March 14, 2010) was emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies at University College London. His first name is pronounced Shimon.[1] [2]

Abramsky was born in Minsk, the son of Rabbi Yehezkel Abramsky. He gained a BA degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA from the University of Oxford. He was Reader in Jewish History, then Goldsmid Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. He was a Senior Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. A noted scholar of Jewish History, Abramsky was also well known as an expert on antiquarian Hebrew books and manuscripts, and was professionally consulted for many years by the auction house Sothebys, who traditionally run one Hebraica and Judaica auction every year.[1][2]

In 1936, while studying at the Hebrew University, in Jerusalem he became involved in socialist campus politics and on one occasion, he recalled being beaten up by the future Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir – then a leading figure in the rightwing Irgun. [1]

Abramsky was married to Miriam née Nirenstein (1917–1997); her parents were the proprietors of Shapiro Vallentine, a prominent publisher of Jewish scholarly books. They had two children, Jack and Jenny.[1][2]

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  • Sasha Abramsky: The house of twenty thousand books. London : Halban, 2014

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  1. ^ a b c d Rapoport-Albert, Ada (18 March 2010). "Chimen Abramsky obituary". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Chimen Abramsky: historian". timesonline.co.uk. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 

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