Rosenbluth, Gideon (23 January 1921 - 08 August 2011)

BirthplaceBerlin
BiographyGideon Rosenbluth was born in Berlin, Germany, on January 23, 1921, the second of three children. When Adolf Hitler assumed power in 1933, his father moved the family to England, where Rosenbluth and his siblings went to school. He had just graduated and begun studies at the London School of Economics when war broke out. LSE was evacuated to Cambridge, where Rosenbluth found lodging in the house of a Baptist minister.
 
In May 1940 Rosenbluth was interned, first in Bury St. Edmunds in the warehouse of the Walls Ice Cream Company, then in Huyton near Liverpool where he shared a tent with nine others, next on the Isle of Man in more comfortable tourist facilities. While he was shipped to Canada on the S.S. Ettrick, his father was briefly interned, and his elder brother Eli was sent to Australia on the HMT Dunera. Once in Canada, Rosenbluth spent the summer in Camp L (Quebec City, Quebec) on the Plains of Abraham and then the fall and winter in a railway repair depot at Camp N (Sherbrooke, Quebec).
 
Rosenbluth's release was under the sponsorship of A.J. Freeman, the owner of a department store, and he was able to continue his studies in economics at the University of Toronto, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts, before obtaining his PhD at Columbia University. Rosenbluth worked as a civil servant before becoming a professor at the University of British Columbia. He wrote on disarmament, corporate concentration, and social policy and retained a keen interest in issues of social justice. Rosenbluth passed away in 2011.