Austrian Jewish

Karl Marx

by follers on July 5, 2017

Date of Birth: 5 May, 1818

Place of Birth: Trier, Kingdom of Prussia

Date of Death: 14 March, 1883

Place of Death: London, United Kingdom

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
(raised Lutheran)

Karl Marx was a Prussian-born philosopher, economist, journalist, sociologist, political theorist, and revolutionary socialist. Along with German philosopher Friedrich Engels, he published the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto.

Karl was the son of Henrietta/Henriette (Pressburg) and Heinrich Marx (born Herschel Mordechai), a lawyer and vineyards owner.

His father was born in Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany. His mother was born in Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands.

Karl’s parents were both from Jewish families. His father converted to Lutheranism during Karl’s early years, because of anti-Semitism, and changed his name from Herschel to Heinrich. The rest of the family also converted, and Karl was subsequently raised in the Lutheran religion.

Karl’s paternal line had been rabbis in Trier (now Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) since 1723.

Karl’s mother was from a prosperous business family that later founded the company Philips Electronics. She was an aunt of Benjamin Philips (1830–1900), a wealthy banker and industrialist, a great-aunt of industrialists Anton Philips and Gerard Philips, and a great-great-aunt of businessperson Frits Philips.

Karl was also a third cousin, once removed, of German Romantic poet Heinrich Heine, who was also from a Jewish family.

Karl’s paternal grandfather was Marx Levy/Levi Halevi ben Samuel ha-Levi Mordechai (the son of Samuel Schmuel Mordechai ha-Levi and Malka Spira). Karl’s grandfather Marx was the rabbi of Trier. Karl’s great-grandfather Samuel was born in Postoloprty, Usti nad Labem, in the Czech lands, and was the son of Mordechai Marx. Malka was the daughter of Loeb Elia haLevi Spira and Saerel Krotoschin.

Karl’s paternal grandmother was Chaje Eva Lwow (the daughter of Moses/Moïse Mosche ben Josua Heschel Lwów Levoff Lemberg and Bella Eger of Furth). Karl’s great-grandfather Moses was the son of Joshua Heschel Lwow, who was born in Westhoffen, Alsace, France, and of Merle Worms, who was born in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Bella was the daughter of Meir Rabbi Eger, who was born in Furth, Germany, and of Esther Moses.

Karl’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Hijman “Chaim” Jitschak Preßburg (the son of Hirschl Michl Heymann Preßburg, ben Meir Michael, and of Heintje/Hendrina Isaac Kutsch Stoekoetz). Karl’s grandfather Isaac was born in Preßburg, now Slovakia, and was a Dutch rabbi. Hirschl was the son of Michel Lazar/Eliezer Simon Freistadt, who was born in Gyor, Gyõr-Moson-Sopron, Hungary, and of Rachel Levia Helene/HaLevi Pressburg Austerlitz, who was born in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Heintje was the daughter of Isaac Kutsch.

Karl’s maternal grandmother was Nanette Salomon Cohen (the daughter of Salomon Shlomo David Cohen-Chazzan and Sara Chaya-Sara Marcus Brandes). Nanette was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Salomon was the son of David Cohen Chazzan and Fijtje Abraham van Minden. Sara was born in Offenbach am Main, Hesse, Germany, the daughter of Marcus Mordechai Eliaser Brandeis.

Source: Genealogy of Karl Marx –


Robert Mosbacher

by follers on June 19, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Adam Mosbacher

Date of Birth: March 11, 1927

Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: January 24, 2010

Place of Death: Houston, Texas, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (converted to Episcopalianism)

Robert Mosbacher was an American businessperson, politician, and yacht racer. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, from January 31, 1989 to January 15, 1992.

Robert was the son of Gertrude (Schwartz) and Emil Mosbacher.

He was from a Jewish family. He later converted to the Episcopalian religion.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Louis Mosbacher (the son of Mendel Mosbacher and Johanna Ehrlich). Louis was born in Eschau, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Mendel was the son of Feibel Mosbacher and Charlotte Hahn.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Gerdie. Gerdie was born in Germany.

Robert’s maternal grandparents were David Schwartz and Susan/Susie Kriedel. David was born in Austria. Susan was born in New Jersey, to parents from Austria.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Mosbacher –

Robert’s father on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Robert’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –


John Heard

by follers on June 19, 2017

John Heard – “Homecoming” Los Angeles Premiere –  Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos 

Date of Birth: March 7, 1946

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Death: July 21, 2017

Place of Death: Palo Alto, California

Ethnicity: Irish, English, one quarter Ashkenazi Jewish

John Heard was an American actor. He was the son of Helen (Sperling) and John Heard. One of his siblings, sister Cordis Heard, is also an actor. The Heard family is said to have settled in the Ipswich, Massachusetts, area, in 1640.

His father was of English and Irish descent. His mother was of half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father) and half English/British Isles (from her mother) descent.

John was raised Catholic.

John had three children, including a son with his former partner, actress Melissa Leo.

John’s paternal grandfather was John L. Heard (the son of John Heard and Alice “Abbie” Leeds). John’s great-grandfather John was the son of George Washington Heard and Elisabeth Ann Farley. Alice was the daughter of George C. Leeds and Caroline Treadwell.

John’s paternal grandmother was Grace Irene Clifford (the daughter of Theodore J. Clifford and Mary Ellen O’Connell/Cornel/Connel). Theodore was born in Massachusetts, the son of Irish parents, Jeremiah J. Clifford, from Kerry, and Mary A. Fenton. John’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was also born in Massachusetts, and was also the daughter of Irish parents, Phillip/Philip O’Connell and Margaret.

John’s maternal grandfather was Harry Louis Sperling (the son of Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock). Harry was born in New York, to Jewish parents, his father from Dobrzyń, Poland, and his mother from Barcza, either in Hungary or Poland. Jacob was the son of Mayer/Meyer/Myer Josef/Joseph Sperling and Hani/Hannah/Hanna. Rebecca was the daughter of Solamon Roth and Rozi.

John’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Ebeth” A. Burton (the daughter of William Stancil Burton and Eliza E. Hayes). William was the son of Allen C. Burton and Elizabeth Ann Holmes. William’s brother, John’s great-great-uncle Joseph R. Burton (Joseph Ralph Burton), was a Republican U.S. Senator from Kansas, from 1901 to 1906.

Sources: Genealogy of John Heard –

Marriage record of John’s paternal great-grandparents, Theodore J. Clifford and Mary Ellen O’Connell/Cornel/Connel –

John’s paternal great-grandparents, Theodore J. Clifford and Mary Ellen O’Connell/Cornel/Connel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock –

John’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Tania Raymonde

by stlucas on June 15, 2017

Tania Raymonde – Amazon’s “Goliath” Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Birth Name: Tania Raymonde Helen Katz

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 22, 1988

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Corsican Italian (mother)

Tania Raymonde is an American actress.

Tania is the daughter of Anna-Maria (Feretti) and Jon Franklin Katz.

Tania’s father was American, of Russian Jewish and some Austrian Jewish roots. Tania’s mother is from Bastia, Corsica, France, of Italian descent, and is Catholic.

Tania has said:

I was raised Jewish and Catholic. We did Christmas and Hanukkah… My mom was really into going to synagogue, and wanted to convert, but it just never happened.

A video of Tania visiting Corsica can be seen here. Tania is fluent in French.

Tania’s paternal grandfather was Bertram Katz (the son of Abraham Katz and Julia Sacher). Abraham was born in Russia. Julia was from Austria.

Tania’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Hume (the daughter of Abraham “Abe” Hume and Helen Rubenstein). Abraham and Helen were born in Russia.

Tania’s maternal grandparents were Henri Ferreti and Augustine.

Sources: Birth record of Tania Raymonde –

Obituary of Tania’s father, Jon Franklin Katz –

Tania’s paternal grandfather, Bertram Katz, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tania’s paternal grandfather, Bertram Katz –

Tania’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Hume, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tania’s maternal grandfather, Henri Ferreti –


Gigi Pritzker

by stlucas on June 13, 2017

Gigi Pritzker – “Ender’s Game” UK Q&A Photocall – Odeon Leicester Square Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jean Pritzker

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gigi Pritzker is an American billionaire, film producer, and philantrophist.

Gigi is the daughter of Marian “Cindy” (Friend) and Jay Arthur Pritzker. Gigi’s parents were both Jewish. Gigi’s father’s family is known for being one of the wealthiest families in the U.S.

Her siblings are businesspeople Thomas Pritzker and John Pritzker, and musician and director Daniel Pritzker. Her paternal uncles were businesspeople Robert Pritzker and Donald Pritzker. Her cousin is actress Liesel Pritzker Simmons, who has been credited as Liesel Matthews.

Gigi’s paternal grandfather was Abram Nicholas Pritzker (the son of Nicholas Jacob Pritzker and Anna/Annie P. Cohen). Abram was a prominent businessperson. Gigi’s great-grandfather Nicholas was born in Kiev, Ukraine, the son of Jacob (Yakov Yechezel) Nicholas Prizker, who was from Russia, and of Sophia Schwartzman, who was from Germany. Gigi’s great-grandmother Anna was born in Nizhyn, Ukraine, the daughter of Eleazar Cohen and Fannie.

Gigi’s paternal grandmother was Fanny L. Doppelt (the daughter of Jacob Doppelt and Hannah/Chane Henschy/Henshi Dichter). Jacob was born in Austria, the son of Asher/Usher/Isidore Doppelt, who was from Gmina Brzozów, Poland, and of Charlotte “Lottie” Prend, who was from Brzozów, Poland. Hannah was also born in Austria, the daughter of Salomon Hersch Dichter and Chane Grossman.

Gigi’s maternal grandfather was Hugo Morris Freund/Friend (the son of Markus/Marcus Freund and Emilia/Emilie Straschnow). Hugo was a jurist, who was a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, from 1920 to 1966. Hugo born in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic). Markus was born in Veliš, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), the son of Moses Freund and Anna Weiss. Emilia was born in Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia (now Czech Republic), the daughter of Heinrich L. Straschnow and Julie Weil.

Gigi’s maternal grandmother was Sadie Cohn (the daughter of Esau M. Cohn/Cohen and Ethel Feidelberg/Faldberg). Esau and Ethel were born in Russia.

Source: Genealogy of Gigi Priztker –