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Florence Greenberg

Born:
24 Nisan 5642 (13 April 1882)
Died:
26 Kislev 5741 (04 December 1980)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
GRE0359
Other surname:
Oppenheimer
Gender:
Female

Birth

Date of birth:
24 Nisan 5642 (13 April 1882)
Place of birth:
Islington, London

Death

Date of death:
26 Kislev 5741 (04 December 1980)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Hammers House, London

Places

Addresses

Parents' home:
Beresford Road Canonbury, North London (1883)

Schools

Name:
The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Middlesex
The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Middlesex

‘On Horseback in Palestine’

Family legend
Florence was in Egypt at the time of the Armistice. She signed on for another 6 months and transferred to Palestine. In Dec 1919 Florence decided she wanted to go home, “After 5 years of really hard work I was very tired and thought I would be wise to return home.”

On writing her book; Jewish Cookery

Family legend
Returning to her love of cooking, in 1934 she compiled the Jewish Chronicle Cookery Book which was a staple in almost every Jewish home, and for which she is most famous for today. Five thousand copies were published in 1934 and the book sold for three shillings and sixpence.

Florence reflected;
“I don’t think there are many people who have been privileged to have had two interesting and rewarding careers – one in nursing and the other cookery.”

A copy of the bible saves one of her patients

Family legend
Diary Excerpt
“Our boys were out on duty and one day one of them was brought into my ward with a very nasty wound over his heart, shot by one of the natives. Fortunately he had his bible in his breast pocket, had this not been the case, the bullet would have gone deeper and his chance of survival would have been practically nil.” An inch of the cover of the bible was shot away and a certain number of pages, and the top of the first page exposed reads “and the Lord hath delivered us from the hands of the Egyptians” (Book of Exodus).

A romantic refusal, 26 July 1915

Family legend
Diary Excerpt
“26th July 1915… The very atmosphere makes people very sentimental. What with moonlight nights and nothing to occupy one, even staid and steady men seem to go a little bit mad. After chatting for a couple of days to an apparently quite serious Doctor he was foolish enough to propose to me this afternoon. I wanted to laugh at him, however he really seemed in earnest, so I thought the best way out of the difficulty was to tell him my religion, in any case that hurt his feelings the least. I cannot think what made him do it, I certainly had not encouraged him at all. He is a Roman Catholic, his name is Brenner and he comes from Newcastle, Oh me: it is a funny world.”

Family

Spouse

Leopold Jacob Greenberg (male)
Place of marriage:
West London Synagogue
Country of marriage:
United Kingdom

Parents

Father: Alexander Oppenheimer (male)
Mother: Eliza Oppenheimer (female)

Military Record

Date enlisted/conscripted:
1915
Date discharged/death:
1919

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Food writer
Position:
Food Columnist
Organisation:
Newnes' Home Management
Type of employment:
Broadcaster
Position:
Broadcaster on BBC's 'The Kitchen Front' during WWII
Organisation:
BBC
Type of employment:
Food writer
Date started:
1920
Date left:
1962
Position:
Food Columnist
Organisation:
The Jewish Chronicle
Type of employment:
Lecturer
Date started:
1939
Date left:
1945
Position:
Lecturer in Food Rationing and Dietetics
Organisation:
Ministry of Food

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