Ben Schnetzer

by follers on November 7, 2013

LOS ANGELES - JUN 6:  Ben Schnetzer at the Warcraft Global Premi

Birth Name: Benjamin T. Schnetzer

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 8, 1990

Ethnicity: French Pied-Noir (paternal grandmother), German, Irish, English, Scottish

Ben Schnetzer is an American actor. He co-starred in the films The Book Thief (2013), Pride (2014), and Warcraft (2016). He is the son of actors Stephen Schnetzer and Nancy Snyder.

Ben has French Pied-Noir (from his paternal grandmother), German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.

Ben’s patrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-grandparents, Johann Schnetzer and Franziska Neef.

While Ben’s character in The Book Thief was a Jewish refugee, Ben himself does not appear to have Jewish heritage.

Ben’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Aquinas Schnetzer (the son of Benjamin Schnetzer and Margaret Gertrude Norton). Ben’s great-grandfather Benjamin was a German immigrant; he was born in Ortenaukreis, Germany, to Benjamin Schnetzer and Maria Anna Ehlar/Oehler/Oehlid (the daughter of Ludwig Oehler and Christina). Ben’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Suffolk, Massachusetts, to Thomas Norton, who was born in Ireland, and Bridget Anne Feeley, who was of Irish descent.

Ben’s paternal grandmother was Josette/Josephine. Josette was born in Oran, Algeria, and was likely of French background (and thus a Pied-Noir). Josette was Catholic. An interview with Ben’s father, Stephen, he stated that “His [Stephen’s] mother was a war bride from Algeria and he heard French and Spanish at home”.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was John Marshall Snyder, Sr. (the son of John Francis Snyder and Nellie E. Chamness). Ben’s great-grandfather John was the son of James Francis/Frank Snyder and Anna E. Seed. Nellie was the daughter of Albert Ewing Chamness and Nevada Norris.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Idelle F. Bonham (the daughter of Henson Davis Bonham and Mayme E. McGhee). Henson was the son of Warford Bonham and Rebecca Mason. Mayme was the daughter of Millard Marion McGhee and Frances/Francis Bohn, who was German.

Sources: Marriage record of Ben’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Benjamin Schnetzer and Maria Anna Ehlar/Oehler –

Ben’s maternal grandfather, John Marshall Snyder, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Idelle F. Bonham, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant June 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm

of course he is Jewish

The name Schnetzer is Jiddisch and German

there are not native Christian Germans with that name

andrew August 15, 2016 at 6:43 am

Jonas Brothers?

ethnic October 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

hmm cant find one at the moment.

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