|Died||14 March 2010(aged 93)|
|Children||2, including Jenny Abramsky|
|Parent(s)||Yehezkel Abramsky (father)|
|Institutions||University College London|
Abramsky was born in Minsk to a Lithuanian Jewish family on 12 September 1916, 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 of antiquarian Hebrew books and manuscripts, and was professionally consulted for many years by the auction house Sotheby's, which traditionally ran one Hebraica and Judaica auction every year.
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. He was a self-described atheist.
Abramsky would visit London in the Summer of 1939 to see his parents, he would be unable to return to the Palestinian Mandate throughout World War 2 because of this; during this time he would meet and marry Miriam née Nirenstein (1917–1997). He would meet her at her parents' store Shapiro Vallentine, a prominent publisher of Jewish scholarly books. They had two children, Jack and Jenny, the latter of whom became a senior employee for the BBC. The house they shared in Northern London was considered an important destination for thinkers and scholars.
In 1966, he was invited to take up a newly created lectureship in modern Jewish history at University College London.
Abramsky died on 14 March 2010.
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