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Beshoff, Ivan

Beshoff, Ivan (1882?–1987), Russian immigrant and purveyor of fish and chips, was said in obituaries in the Irish Times and elsewhere to have been born in 1882 (or perhaps 1884) at Dacha Rurey, near Odessa in the Ukraine, son of a magistrate, and, after briefly studying…

Nachstern, Arthur

Nachstern, Arthur (1911–99), violinist, was born 16 June (29 June NS) 1911 in Odessa, Ukraine, only child of Arthur Nachstern (1881–1951), lawyer, and Janina-Alina Nachstern (née Januszewska; 1889–1966), both of whom were Polish. He himself wrote that his early years – before the…

O'Brien, Sophie Raffalovich

O'Brien, Sophie Raffalovich (1860–1960), writer and activist, was born in Odessa on 15 January 1860, daughter of Herman Raffalovich , banker, and his wife, Marie. She had two brothers: André, who became well known as a homosexual aesthete, and Ernest, a banker and tsarist agent…

Pecherin (Petcherine), Vladimir

Pecherin (Petcherine), Vladimir (1807–85), Russian émigré, Redemptorist priest and orator, and first chaplain of the Mater Hospital, Dublin, was born in Dymerka, the Ukraine, on 27 June 1807, son of Sergei Panteleimonovich Pecherin, a high-ranking Russian army officer, and his…