Alessandro Gassmann

by andrew on June 26, 2015

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Place of Birth: Rome, Italy

Date of Birth: 24 February, 1965

Ethnicity:
*German-Italian-Jewish (father)
*French (mother)

Alessandro Gassmann, also credited as Alessandro Gassman, is an Italian actor. He is the son of actors Vittorio Gassman and Juliette Mayniel. Alessandro is married to Sabrina Knaflitz, with whom he has a son.

Alessandro’s mother is French, from Saint-Hippolyte, Aveyron. His father was Italian, and was born in Genoa, Liguria, to a German-born father and an Italian-born mother.

Alessandro’s father Vittorio was of partly or entirely Jewish background. Whether both of his parents were Jewish appears to be a matter of dispute. Alessandro has said (at 1:50 here) that his father Vittorio’s parents were both Jewish, and that Vittorio downplayed his Jewish background throughout his life. Alessandro’s half-sister Paola Gassman has stated that Vittorio’s father was Catholic, and that Vittori’s mother was of half Jewish background.

Alessandro’s paternal grandfather was Heinrich “Enrico” Gassmann/Gassman (the son of Karl Gassmann). Heinrich, an engineer, was born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg.

Alessandro’s paternal grandmother was Luisa Ambron (the daughter of Ugo Ambron). Luisa was born in Pisa, Tuscany. The Jewish Ambron family settled in Italy after leaving Spain in the 1400s. Ugo was likely descended from Isacco Lamprónti, a physician and rabbi of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Isacco is best known for having written the rabbinic encyclopedia Paħad Yitzħak.

Sources: http://ricerca.repubblica.it

Genealogy of Alessandro Gassman – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of Alessandro’s father – http://www.nytimes.com

Articles about Alessandro’s likely ancestor, Isacco Lamprónti – http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com
http://www.treccani.it

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andrew September 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

http://klingbeil.free.fr/phpgedview/individual.php?pid=I299&ged=klingbeil.ged
https://www.geni.com/people/Luisa-Giulia-Ambron-Errera/6000000001482576915?through=6000000001483023805

Luisa Ambron was born in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, to Eugenio Hizchia “Ugo” Ambron, who was Sephardi Jewish, and Matilde Moretti, who evidently was Catholic. Eugenio was the son of Samuele Ambron and Elvira Lampronti, who were both born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

One of distant Luisa’s ancestors, Isacco Lamprónti, was a physician and rabbi of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is best known as author of the rabbinic encyclopedia Paħad Yitzħak.

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/9603-lampronti-isaac-b-samuel

http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/isacco-lampronti/

follers September 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Are you sure that’s the same Luisa Ambron? This Luisa was married to a man named Bettino Errera (who was also Jewish).

andrew September 24, 2017 at 3:53 am

I believe Luisa re-married to Errera when Gassmann died.

follers September 24, 2017 at 5:51 am

Maybe, but it could be two different women.

I think both of Luisa’s parents were Jewish, since Errera was Jewish.

andrew September 24, 2017 at 6:05 am

so, if Luisa was only half Jewish, couldn’t she remarry to a Jewish man?

follers September 24, 2017 at 6:10 am

If she married a Jewish guy at the time, it’s more likely that both of her parents were Jewish, though not definite. There are lots of Jews named Moretti.

andrew September 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

Moretti is in the Top 20 of the most common Italian surnames, and it does not strike me as a typical surname among Italian Jews

follers September 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm
andrew September 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

That is controversial. Because even “Rossi” (you know the most common one in Italy) was reported as a Jewish surname in “I cognomi degli ebrei in Italia” (Samuele Schaerf, 1925)

https://dagobertobellucci.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/i-cognomi-degli-ebrei-in-italia/
http://www.trio-lescano.it/archivio_documenti/I_cognomi_degli_ebrei_in_Italia.pdf

andrew September 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Btw Jake La Motta’s mother was Jewish, Italian or Italian Jewish?

follers September 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

What was her name?

andrew September 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Elizabeth. It appears that his mother was Italian Jewish from Trieste

follers September 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

This might be her. I don’t know, is there any reason to think this family is Jewish? This Elizabeth is the daughter of Maria (Genito) and Angelo Petrillo.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5MV-BYY
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJG5-R8L

follers September 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

A different family tree says this is her, the daughter of Mary and Joseph Merluzzo. Joseph was buried in a Catholic cemetery.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M57W-TFY

andrew September 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

“Lazian” tag does not make sense since he has not ancestry from that region (just by birth)

andrew September 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm
andrew June 27, 2015 at 3:25 am

http://clandestinoingalleria.blogspot.it/2011/10/per-piacere-intercettate-audio_18.html

it says Vittorio was also Jewish from father’s side (and mother’s one) but he didn’t like to reveal it

follers September 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm

So in the link, Alessandro himself says his grandfather was Jewish? At what time in the video?

andrew September 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm

from 1:50, he claimed that his paternal grandfather was German Jewish and that his father was “entirely Jewish”. He described this secret as a personal “drama”, something he feared for his whole life, even in his late years, for example when he attended the Jewish wedding in New York of his daughter (whose mother is Shelley Winters) Vittoria Gassman to Robert “Bob” Neuman, he had to wore the kippah for the first time in his life.

andrew September 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Btw Paola Gassman (Alessandro half-sister) has stated that Heinrich/Enrico Gassmann was Catholic and that Luisa Ambron was half Jewish
http://www.romaebraica.it/gassman-oggi/

Ambron family settled in Rome at the end of 1400s when they were kicked out of Spain

follers June 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Just curious, Andrew, where did you read that only his great-grandfather was Jewish? I’ve only seen Vittorio Gassman’s mother referred to simply as Jewish.

andrew June 27, 2015 at 2:17 am

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Gassman

translation: Luisa Ambron, native of Pisa and of Jewish faith from father’s side.

follers June 27, 2015 at 2:38 am

Wikipedia again, and with no citation.

andrew June 27, 2015 at 2:57 am

http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/1999/06/18/vittorio-gassman-io-mattatore-da-40-anni.html

“Il padre di mia madre era ebreo”

translation:

my mother’s father was Jewish,

I also listened to an interview where Alessandro claimed his German grandfather was Jewish. (Vittorio Gassman’s 2nd wife Shelley Winters was also Jewish).
Gassmann is listed as Jewish last name in some sites.

follers June 27, 2015 at 3:10 am

What interview was that? (the Alessandro one).

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