Birth Name: Eli David Marienthal
Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: March 6, 1986
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Eli Marienthal is an American actor. His parents, Joseph Cross and Penny Marienthal, are both Jewish. His siblings are actors Harley Cross and Flora Cross.
Eli’s paternal grandmother was named Flora. She was from Drohobych, Ukraine.
Eli’s maternal grandfather was Helmut “Harold”/”Hal” Seymour Marienthal (born Helmut Schoemann, the son of Oskar Schoemann/Schumann/Schömann and Antoinette “Tonie”/Toni Kahn). Eli’s grandfather Harold was born in Frankfurt, Germany, to a Jewish family. He was sent to the U.S., to Chicago, to escape the Nazi regime. There, he was raised by another Jewish couple, Richard Jacob Marienthal, who was born in Hoxter, Germany, and Rae Goldberg, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eli’s great-grandfather Oskar was born in Zeltingen, the son of Jakob Schoemann and Henriette Mayer. He was killed in the Holocaust, in Auschwitz, in 1942.
Eli’s maternal grandmother was Elaine Harriet Wittert (the daughter of Alfred H. Wittert and Dorothy Goldfarb). Elaine was born in Illinois. Alfred was born in Illinois, to Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish parents, Leyb/Louis Vitort/Wittert and Anne Gillis. Dorothy was the daughter of Louis Goldfarb, from Karkow, Poland, and Lena Nussbaum.
Sources: Genealogy of Eli’s maternal grandfather, Helmut “Harold”/”Hal” Seymour Marienthal – http://ahnenreich.de
Eli’s maternal grandmother, Elaine Harriet Wittert, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org