Abbie Hoffman

Birth Name: Abbot Howard Hoffman

Date of Birth: November 30, 1936

Place of Birth: Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: April 12, 1989

Place of Death: Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Abbie Hoffman was an American political and social activist, and prankster. He co-founded the Youth International Party, the “Yippies.” He was a leading proponent of the Flower Power movement. He was also known as FREE! and Barry Freed.

Abbie was the son of Florence (Schamberg) and John Hoffman. He had two children with his former wife Sheila Karklin; and a son with his former wife, activist, writer, and prankster Anita Hoffman.

Abbie’s paternal grandfather was named Morris Moshe Hoffman (the son of Abraham Hoffman). Morris was born in Russia.

Abbie’s paternal grandmother was named Anna Kanef (the daughter of Chaim Kanef). Anna was born in Russia.

Abbie’s maternal grandfather was named Jacob Schamberg (the son of Saulman/Sol Schamberg and Ester/Rosa). Jacob was born in Austria. Saulman was born in Germany. Rosa was born in Prussia.

Abbie’s maternal grandmother was Ida Coblentz (the daughter of Abraham Coblentz and Lilla Abromevitz). Ida was born in Russia.

Sources: Genealogy of Abbie Hoffman –

Abbie’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Abbie’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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