Irving Gilbert

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5076
  1. Esther Rosten,
  2. Jonathan Gilbert

    Irving Gilbert was born on the 8 May 1916 in London as Israel Gelbart to Polish parents who had married in Poland and came over to England in the early 1900s. His father was politically active and a “Bundist,” a member of the secular Jewish labour movement, who left Poland because of his political activity and came to England, where he found a more liberal society.

    Irving was brought up in the East End of London and lived in Settles Street, just off the Commercial Road and round the corner from his future wife, Nettie. The changes in the East End through his lifetime, from poverty to exclusivity, amused Irving no end in his later years. His mother died when he was 12, and his elder sister, …

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