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Stella Schnabel

by stlucas on November 18, 2017

Stella Schnabel – Salvatore Ferragamo “Signorina” Perfume Launch Party – Arrivals – Palazzo Chupi – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Wild1 / PR Photos

Birth Name: Stella Madrid Schnabel

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

Date of Birth: March 28, 1983

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Belgian (mother)

Stella Schnabel is an American actress.

Stella is the daughter of clothing designer Jacqueline (Beaurang) and painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. Stella’s father is Jewish. Stella’s mother was born in Belgium, and is fluent in French.

Stella’s siblings are art curator Vito Schnabel and actress/director Lola Schnabel, and her half-siblings are actors Olmo Schnabel and Cy Schnabel, and Shooter Sandhed Schnabel.

Stella’s sister Lola has stated, “Milan is actually very underrated; it’s a bit like Antwerp, which is where my mother and my grandmother are from. It’s easy to work there and get things done.”

Stella’s paternal grandparents were Jacob “Jack” Schnabel and Esta/Estha/Esther Greenberg (the daughter of Julius Greenberg and Sadie). Jacob was born in Czechoslovakia. Esther was born in New York, to parents from Romania.


Genealogy of Stella Schnabel (focusing on her father’s side) –

Stella’s paternal grandfather, Jacob “Jack” Schnabel, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Stella’s paternal grandmother, Esta/Estha/Esther Greenberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Stella’s paternal grandmother, Esta/Estha/Esther (Greenberg) Schnabel –


Kevin Spirtas

by stlucas on October 11, 2017

Birth Name: Kevin Blair Spirtas

Place of Birth: Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 29, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Kevin Spirtas is an American actor.

Kevin is the son of Sandra Joy/Toy (Arky) and Arnold Raymond Spirtas. Kevin’s parents are Jewish.

Kevin’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Spirtas (the son of Abraham “Abe” Spirtas and Rose/Rosa). Joseph was born in Missouri, to parents from Russia.

Kevin’s paternal grandmother was Gussie Rubin (the daughter of Morris Rubin and Rose). Gussie was born in Missouri, to a father from Austria and a mother from either Russia or Poland.

Kevin’s maternal grandfather was Morris Arky (the son of Leopold Arky and Rose). Morris was born in Czechoslovakia.

Kevin’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Schwartz (the daughter of Julius Schwartz and Julia). Josephine was born in Illinois, to parents from Hungary.

Sources: Genealogy of Kevin’s father –

Kevin’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Kevin’s aunt (father’s sister) –

Kevin’s paternal grandmother, Gussie Rubin, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/


Brandon Barash

by stlucas on September 30, 2017

Birth Name: Brandon Joseph Barash

Place of Birth: Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 4, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Brandon Barash is an American actor.

Brandon is the son of Susan (Gale) Hughes and Jerry L. Barash. Brandon’s parents are Jewish. Brandon has a brother, Jordan, and a half-sister, Alison. Brandon was previously married to actress Kirsten Storms, with whom he has a child.

Brandon’s paternal grandfather was Harold Barash (the son of Louis/Lewis Barash and Rebecca/Rebecka “Becky” Hershman). Louis was born in Russia, the son of Joseph B. Barash and Ida Levine. Rebecca was also born in Russia, the daughter of Louis Hershman and Slavia Baraban.

Brandon’s paternal grandmother is Rose “Rosie” Jacobs (the daughter of Louis Jacobs and Helen Patowsky). Louis was born in Poland, the son of Pesach Leib Jakubowski and Chawa Giwer Berlinski. Helen was also born in Poland.

Brandon’s maternal grandfather was Wilbert M. Gale/Galitsky (the son of Moses Israel Galitzky and Dora Azorsky). Moses was born in Russia, the son of Welvel Galitzky and Tzisy. Dora was also born in Russia, the daughter of Velva Cohen Azorsky and Anna Zirul.

Brandon’s maternal grandmother was Shirley Liebman (the daughter of Samuel Liebman and Josephine Wedeles). Samuel was the son of Sigmund Liebman, who was from Hesse, Germany, and of Rosie Kahn, who was from Austria. Josephine was the daughter of Morris Wedeles and Sophie Spitz, who were from Rokycany, Bohemia (now Czech Republic).

Sources: Genealogy of Brandon Barash –

Marriage announcement of Brandon’s half-sister, Alison Barash –

Marriage record of Brandon’s paternal grandparents –

Brandon’s paternal grandfather on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Brandon’s paternal stepgrandfather, Sidney Carr –

Birth record of Brandon’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Wedeles –

Photo by kathclick/


Greg Rucka

by stlucas on September 14, 2017

Greg Rucka – “Whiteout” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Mann’s Village Theater – Westwood, CA. USA – Keywords: Greg Rucka – False – – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gregory A. Rucka

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 29, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Greg Rucka is an American comic book writer and novelist.

Greg is the son of Corrina J. “Corry” (Schnitzer/Schnitze) and Noel/Noel Michael Rucka. Greg’s parents were Jewish.

Greg’s paternal grandparents were Arthur “Art” Rucka and Nettie L. Arthur was born in Czechoslovakia.

Greg’s maternal grandfather was Bernard/Bernad Schnitzer (the son of Benjamin “Benny” Schnitzer and Jeanetta “Jenny” Rosenthal). Benjamin was from Hungary. Jeanetta was from Austria.

Greg’s maternal grandmother was Mary Breitbart (the daughter of Hersch/Harry Breitbart and Bessie). Mary was born in Austria. Hersch was born in either Austria or Kozova, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine, the son of Bernard Shimon Dov Breitbart.

Sources: Genealogy of Greg Rucka (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Greg Rucka –

Marriage record of Greg’s parents –

Obituary of Greg’s father –

Death record of Greg’s paternal grandfather –

Greg’s maternal grandfather on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Greg’s maternal grandmother on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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 –