Hungarian Jewish

Summer Phoenix

by andrew on January 10, 2017

Birth Name: Summer Joy Bottom

Place of Birth: Winter Park, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 10, 1978

*English, along with German, distant French Huguenot (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Summer Phoenix is an American actress, model, and designer. She is the the sister of actors River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix. Summer is married to actor Casey Affleck, with whom she has two children.

Summer is the daughter of Arlyn Phoenix (born Arlyn Dunetz), a social activist, and John Phoenix (born Johnny Lee Bottom). Summer’s mother is Jewish; half of her family are Russian Jews and the other half are Hungarian Jews. Summer’s father is of mostly English descent, along with at least 1/128th German, from his ancestor, Johan Jacob Peter Kimberlin, and French Huguenot roots from another, distant, ancestor, Francis Posey, from Cambray, France.

Summer was raised in Florida and California. At one point, before her birth, Summer’s parents joined the religious group Children of God, which they later left.

Summer’s paternal grandfather was Robert Merrill Bottom (the son of William Dell Bottom and Cordelia Pearl Matherly). Robert was born in Kentucky, as weere all of his grandparents. William was the son of Fidellar/Phidellar Sharp Bottom and Rachel Ann Bolling/Bowling. Cordelia was the daughter of David Houston Matherly and Sarah Frances Purdom.

Summer’s paternal grandmother was Beulah Ernestine Ingram (the daughter of Robert Lee Ingram and Mary Elizabeth Leach or Leidy). Beulah was born in Missouri, and Beulah’s grandparents were born in Tennessee (two), Illinois, and Iowa. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William John Leidy and Sarah Clarissa Dyer.

Summer’s maternal grandfather was Meyer Dunetz (the son of Samuel Dunetz and Libbe Grodenzik). Meyer was born in New York. Samuel and Libbe were Russian Jewish immigrants. Samuel was the son of Moses/Moshe Idel Dunetz and Shifra. Libbe was the daughter of Simon Gordon and Menucha.

Summer’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Lefkowitz (the daughter of Ignatz Lefkowitz and Mary Beck). Margaret was born in New York, the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants. Ignatz was the son of Herman Lefkowitz and Rose Greenwald. Mary was the daughter of Ignatz Beck and Maly Frankel.

Sources: Genealogies of Summer Phoenix –

Genealogy of Summer’s paternal grandfather, Robert Merrill Bottom –

Summer’s uncle (father’s brother), Phillip Bottom, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s paternal grandmother, Beulah Ernestine Ingram, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Summer’s great-uncle (maternal grandfather’s brother), Bernard Dunetz, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Summer’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Lefkowitz, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Henry Heimlich

by Manila on December 18, 2016

Birth Name: Henry Judah Heimlich

Date of Birth: February 3, 1920

Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Date of Death: December 17, 2016

Place of Death: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Henry Heimlich was an American thoracic surgeon and medical researcher. He is generally credited as the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, a technique of abdominal thrusts for stopping choking.

Henry was the son of Mary (Epstein) and Pincus “Philip” Heimlich. He was married to Jane Murray, whose father was ballroom-dancing entrepreneur Arthur Murray (born Moses Teichman). He was a relative of actor Anson Williams (born Anson William Heimlich).

Henry’s paternal grandfather was Max Heimlich (the son of Natan Heimlich and Johanna “Hani” Pfirish/Pfirsich). Max was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, from Pozsony (now Bratislava, Slovakia). Natan was the son of Mozes Henrik Heimlich and Szali Jara “Sara” Teitelbaum.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was Lottie Geiger (the daughter of Bernát Geiger and Rosi Weinberger). Lottie was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, from Sátoraljaújhely, Zemplén (now part of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén). Bernát was the son of David Geiger and Mina Geiger. Rosi was the daughter of Pincus “Phillip” Weinberger and Sali Strausz.

Henry’s maternal grandparents were Louis Epstein and Celia Barovitskaya. Louis and Celia were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Sources: Genealogy of Henry Heimlich (focusing on his father’s side) –

Henry’s birth record –


Harry Houdini

by follers on November 28, 2016

Birth Name: Erik Weisz

Date of Birth: March 24, 1874

Place of Birth: Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Date of Death: October 31, 1926

Place of Death: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Harry Houdini was an American illusionist and stunt performer. He is noted for his sensational escape acts.

He was born in Budapest, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Hungary), the son of Cecília (Steiner) and Rabbi Mayer Sámuel Weisz/Weiss. His father was born in Nagykanizsai, Zala County, Hungary. The family moved to the U.S. in 1878, settling in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Harry’s paternal grandfather was Moshe Zvi Halevi Weisz.

Harry’s maternal grandparents were Herman Steiner and Hannah Heller.

Sources: Genealogy of Harry Houdini –

Pictures of, and information about, Harry’s parents –

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Stephen Lang

by bearboy on September 5, 2016

2011 Fox All-Star Party

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

Date of Birth: July 11, 1952

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

Stephen Lang is an American actor and playwright. He is the son of Theresa (Volmer) and Eugene Lang (Eugene Michael Lang), a prominent businessperson.

His father is Jewish. His mother was Catholic, and had German and Irish ancestry.

Stephen’s paternal grandparents were Dezso/Daniel Lang (the son of Samuel Lang) and Ida R. Kaslowitsky/Caslow (the daughter of Max Kaslowitsky/Kaslountsky and Anne Cohen). Dezso was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant. Ida was born in France, to German Jewish parents.


Stephen’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Mark Spitz

by follers on August 13, 2016

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Birth Name: Mark Andrew Spitz

Place of Birth: Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 10, 1950

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Spitz is an American competition swimmer. He is a nine-time Olympic champion. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, then the most ever at one Olympics. The record held until 2008, when Michael Phelps broke it (winning eight gold medals).

Mark set world records in all seven events in which he competed in 1972.

Mark is the son of Lenore Sylvia (Smith) and Arnold Spitz. His parents were/are both Jewish.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Morris Spitz (the son of Nathan Spitz and Tery Ignotz or Elefante). Morris was born in New York, to Hungarian Jewish parents.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Alice Schwalb (the daughter of Robert Mishka Schwalb and Rosa or Terez). Alice was born in Colorado, to Hungarian Jewish parents. Robert’s mother’s maiden name was “Siegfried”.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Louis J. Smith (the son of Hessel “Harry” Smith and Hannah Levin). Louis was a Jewish immigrant, born in Traube/Traby, Belarus. Hessel was the son of Shimel Shimon ben Movsha Zlotkovich/Sklotkovick and Shana Basha. Hannah was the daughter of Borach M. Levin and Sarah F.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was Edith Rosen (the daughter of Joseph Rosen and a mother whose surname was “Melman”). Edith was born in England, to Russian Jewish parents.

Sources: Genealogy of Mark Spitz –

Genealogy of Mark Spitz (focusing on his father’s side) –

Mark’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Mark’s mother –

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