German Jewish

Tamara Braun

by stlucas on April 7, 2018

Tamara Braun – “The Boatman” Los Angeles Screening – Arrivals – Arena Cinelounge, 1625 N Las Palmas Avenue – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Tamara Eve Braun

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

Date of Birth: April 18, 1971

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Tamara Braun is an American actress.

Tamara is the daughter of Renata/Renate E. (Deutsch) Bennett and Bennett O. Braun.

Tamara’s maternal grandfather was Erwin Samuel Deutsch (the son of Stefan S. Deutsch and Frederike Frieda Hahn). Erwin was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), and was a Holocaust survivor. Frederike was born in Warsaw.

Tamara’s maternal grandmother was Steffi Buch (the daughter of Robert Buch and Irma Österreicher). Steffi was born in Breslau. Robert was born in La Paz, Bolivia, the son of parents from Germany, Moritz Louis Buch and Mathilde Pollack, from Ratibor. Irma was born in Teplitz-Schönau, Sudetenland, the daughter of Albert Oesterreicher and Franziska Fauwers, who was from Prague.

Sources: Genealogy of Tamara Braun (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Information about Tamara’s maternal grandparents, Erwin Samuel Deutsch and Steffi Buch –

Obituary of Tamara’s maternal grandfather, Erwin Samuel Deutsch –


Eden Riegel

by stlucas on April 7, 2018

Eden Riegel – 36th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Westin Bonaventure Hotel – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: – 0 – – Photo Credit: Tony Lowe / PR Photos

Birth Name: Eden Sonja Jane Riegel

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

Date of Birth: January 1, 1981

*German, English (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Eden Riegel is an American actress.

Eden is the daughter of Lenore (Engelmann) and Kurt Wetherhold Riegel. She has a brother, Sam Riegel, a voice actor, and a half-sister, Tatiana S. Riegel, a film editor.

Eden is married to Canadian actor Andrew Miller, with whom she has two children.

Eden’s paternal grandfather was Oscar Wetherhold “Tom” Riegel (the son of Lewis Edgar Riegel and Florence Emma Wetherhold). Oscar was born in Pennsylvania. Lewis was the son of John Riegel and Rebecca. Florence was the daughter of Oscar B. Wetherhold and M. Alice Reinweld.

Eden’s paternal grandmother was Jane Cordelia Butterworth (the daughter of Charles Melcher Butterworth and Mary Keeler). Jane was born in Pennsylvania. Charles was the son of Thomas Buttenworth and Anna. Mary was the daughter of Isaac Keeler/Keller and Cordelia Pullen.

Eden’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph Engelmann. Joseph appears to have been a Hungarian Jew.

Eden’s maternal grandmother was Iris Irmgard Salomon (the daughter of Maximus “Max” Salomon/Solomon and Bertha Mayer/Meyer). Iris was born in Budingen, Germany, and was a Holocaust survivor. Bertha was the daughter of Louis Meyer and Rosa Katzauer.

Sources: Obituary of Eden’s paternal grandfather, Oscar Wetherhold “Tom” Riegel –

Obituary of Eden’s paternal grandmother, Jane Cordelia (Butterworth) Riegel –

Genealogy of Eden Riegel (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Eden’s maternal grandmother, Iris Irmgard Salomon, on the 1940 U.S. Census –


St. Vincent

by stlucas on April 7, 2018

St. Vincent – BRIT Awards 2015 – Arrivals – 02 Arena – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Anne Erin Clark

Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 28, 1982

Ethnicity: Irish, English, as well as one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish

St. Vincent is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

St. Vincent is the daughter of Sharon Christine and Richard “Rick” Clark. She is the niece of jazz duo Tuck & Patti.

St. Vincent has referred to “my old Jewish grandmother.” She may have been speaking comically rather than biographically, though one of her great-grandmothers was Jewish.

St. Vincent has specified:

Psyched to be in the place that 23andme says makes up 80% of my DNA — Ireland tonight! (Other 20% Ashkenazi Jewish, since you asked.)

St. Vincent’s maternal grandfather was Robert Joseph Andress (the son of William Thomas Andress, Jr. and Stella A./Ruth Frankenstein). Robert was born in Ohio, and was a business executive. William was the son of William Thomas Jefferson Andress and Emma Octavia Howth. Stella was the daughter of Hyman W. Frankenstein, a German Jewish immigrant, and of Clara Frank, who was born in Ohio, to German Jewish parents.

St. Vincent’s maternal grandmother was Anna Christine Rimes (the daughter of Charles Franklin Rimes and Joree H. Kendrick). Anna Christine was born in Texas. Joree was the daughter of Samuel Wayne Kendrick and Elizabeth Bell/Belle Howard.


St. Vincent’s maternal grandfather, Robert Joseph Andress, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Robert Joseph Andress on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Biographical notes on St. Vincent’s maternal grandfather, Robert Joseph Andress –

St. Vincent’s maternal great-grandparents, William Thomas Andress, Jr. and Stella A./Ruth Frankenstein, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Obituary of St. Vincent’s maternal great-grandparents, William Thomas Andress, Jr. and Stella A./Ruth Frankenstein –

St. Vincent’s maternal grandmother, Anna Christine Rimes, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Zak Abel

by Manila on April 3, 2018

Birth Name: Zak David Zilesnick

Place of Birth: Kensington & Chelsea, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1995

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Zak Abel is a British musician.

His father was Moroccan Jewish, who moved to Israel. His mother, Rachel H. Zilesnick, is English Jewish.

Zak’s maternal grandfather is Harold Zilesnick (the son of Samuel “Sam” Zilesnick and Mary Bardofsky). Samuel was a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, from Kiev, and was the son of Hyman Zilesnick and Miriam Kaplan. Mary was the daughter of Russian Jewish emigrants, Israel Bardofsky and Sarah Basia Sorrel.

Zak’s maternal grandmother is Ann S. Zola (the daughter of Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield). Joseph was the son of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Morris Zola, of Warsaw, and of Kate Emanuel, who was also of Polish Jewish descent. Minnie was the daughter of Henry “Harry” Derfield, whose own parents, Aaron Derfler (later Derfield) and Rachel Levy, were Austrian Jewish and German Jewish emigrants, respectively, and of a Polish Jewish emigrant, Rose “Rosy” Appelbaum.

Zak’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Shinah Leibah “Jeanette/Jenetta/Janet/Georgina” Marchant (c. 1853, Poland – 1937, Stepney, London).

Sources: News article about Zak’s ancestry –

Birth record of Zak Abel –

Birth record of Zak’s mother –

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal grandparents, Harold Zilesnick and Ann S. Zola –

Genealogy of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick –

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandfather, Harold Zilesnick –

Birth record of Zak’s maternal grandmother, Ann S. Zola –

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-grandparents, Joseph Zola and Minnie Derfield –

Zak’s maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Zola, on the 1911 England and Wales Census –

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Morris Zola and Kate Emanuel –

Birth record of Zak’s maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Derfield –

Marriage record of Zak’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Harry Derfield and Rose Appelbaum –


Patrick Fischler

by stlucas on March 11, 2018

Patrick Fischler – HBO’s “Veep” Season 2 Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Paramount Studios – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos

Birth Name: Patrick S. Fischler

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 29, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Patrick Fischler is an American actor.

Patrick is the son of Eileen Mary (Cann/Cahn) and William Berthold/Birthold “Bill” Fischler.

Patrick is married to actress Lauren Bowles, with whom he has a daughter. Lauren is a half-sister of actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Patrick’s paternal grandfather was Herman S. Fischler (the son of Aaron H. Fischler). Herman was born in Krakan, Austria.

Patrick’s paternal grandmother was Rose Levinson/Levison (the daughter of Henry Levinson). Rose was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Patrick’s maternal grandparents were Erwin Cahn and Toni. Erwin was born in Germany. Toni was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sources: Birth record of Patrick Fischler –

Marriage record of Patrick’s parents –

Death record of Patrick’s father –