Hungarian Jewish

George Soros

by follers on May 30, 2018

Photo by Harald Dettenborn

Birth Name: György Schwartz

Place of Birth: Budapest, Hungary

Date of Birth: 12 August, 1930

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

George Soros is a Hungarian and American investor, business magnate, philanthropist, political activist, and author.

George was born in Budapest, the son of Erzsébet/Elizabeth and Tivadar Soros (born Theodor Schwarz), a lawyer, author, editor, and World War I veteran. His brother was private investor and philanthropist Paul Soros. His family was Jewish.

George’s family changed their surname to Soros in the 1930s, to avoid anti-Jewish sentiment. During the Holocaust, his family survived by using forged documents to pose as non-Jews. George’s father saved many other Hungarian Jews.

George moved to England in 1947, and to New York City, U.S., in 1956.

George is married to businessperson Tamiko Bolton, who has Japanese ancestry. He has three children with his former wife, German immigrant Annaliese Witschak; and two children with his former wife, historian Susan Weber.

George’s paternal grandfather was Moritz Schwartz (the son of Meinhard Schwartz and Esther Sternberg). Moritz was born in Baktalórántháza, Baktalórántházai, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Hungary. Meinhard was the son of Josef Schwartz.

George’s paternal grandmother was named Bertha Mayer. Bertha was born in Satu Mare, Romania.

George’s maternal grandfather was named Mor Szucz/Schwartz.

Source: Genealogy of George Soros –


Rob Bourdon

by Manila on May 10, 2018

Place of Birth: Robert Gregory Bourdon

Place of Birth: Calabasas, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 20, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Rob Bourdon is an American musician. He is the drummer of the rock band Linkin Park. Other members of Linkin Park are Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, and, until his death, Chester Bennington.

Rob is the son of Patricia B. “Patty” (Yellen) and Gregory L. “Greg” Bourdon.

Rob’s maternal grandfather was Manuel Yellen (the son of Abram/Abraham Jeleń, later Yellen, and of Rozalia Freda Deutsch). Manuel was born in California. Abram was a Polish Jewish emigrant, from Łomża, Podlaskie. Freda was a Hungarian Jewish emigrant, from Sátoraljaújhely, Sátoraljaújhelyi, Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen, and was the daughter of Majer Markusz Deutsch and Pepe/Peppie Perlman.

Rob’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Lavietes (the daughter of Louis Morris Lavietes and Kate Rubinton). Louis was a Ukrainian Jewish emigrant, from Kiev, and his mother was Sarah Surinskaya. Kate was the daughter of Russian Jewish emigrants, Joseph Rubinton and Anna Sorkina.

Rob’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Esther.

Sources: Birth record of Rob Bourdon –

Birth record of Rob’s mother –

Birth record of Rob’s maternal grandfather, Manuel Yellen –

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

Genealogy of Rob’s maternal great-grandmother, Rozalia Freda (Deutsch) Yellen –

Rob’s maternal great-grandmother, Rozalia Freda (Deutsch) Yellen, on Find a Grave –

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Yair Lapid

by follers on May 8, 2018

Yair Lapid – 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference – Walter Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Tel Aviv, Israel

Date of Birth: 5 November, 1963

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Yair Lapid is an Israeli journalist and politician. He is the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party. He was also Minister of Finance, from 2013 and 2014.

Yair is the son of Shulamit Lapid, a novelist and playwright, and Tommy Lapid, a radio and television presenter, playwright, journalist, politician, and government minister.

Yair’s father was born in Novi Sad, Serbia (then Kingdom of Yugoslavia), to a Hungarian Jewish family; Yair’s paternal grandfather was killed by the Nazis in 1945. The family moved to Israel in 1948. Yair’s mother was born in Tel Aviv.

Yair is married to journalist Lihi Lapid. He has a son with his former wife, Tamar Friedman, and two children with Lihi.

Yair’s maternal grandfather was Yechiel David Gilaadi (the son of R’ Shlomo Zalman Klein, A.B.D. Szilagy-Cseh, and of Feiga Schwartz). David was born in Transylvania, and was a journalist, novelist, and translator, who co-founded the newspaper Maariv. Shlomo was born in Oradea, Municipiul Oradea, Județul Bihor, Romania, the son of Rabbi Moshe Martin Klein, A.B.D. Szilágycseh (Cehu Silvaniei), and of Sarah Sheindel Deutsch. Feiga was the daughter of Yekusiel Schwartz.

Yair’s maternal grandmother is Helen Joseph (the daughter of Moses Joseph).

Source: Genealogy of Yair Lapid –


Ricardo Cortez

by follers on May 3, 2018

Birth Name: Jacob Krantz

Date of Birth: 19 September, 1900

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

Date of Death: 28 April, 1977

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

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Ricardo Cortez was an American actor.

He was the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz/Lefkovitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, who were Austrian Jews. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez.

Ricardo was married to actress and stage performer Alma Rubens, until her death, and to Margaret Belle, until his death.

Ricardo’s paternal grandparents were Jacob Krantz and Annie Schluosselfeld.

Ricardo’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Lefkovitz/Lefkowitz and Rosa/Rose Schwartz.

Sources: Genealogy of Ricardo Cortez –

Ricardo Cortez on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Ricardo’s parents –

Genealogy of Ricardo’s mother –


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 –