Mark Spitz

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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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