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Encyclopedia > List of famous Jews

This page is a list of people identified as Jews, either by themselves or by others. "Jewishness" has the meanings both of "adherence to the religion of Judaism" and "membership in the ethnic group 'Jews.'" People of both groups are listed here. By other criteria, these people may be listed under other nationalities as well.

This page does not differentiate between Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jews. It also does not take into account whether those listed acknowledge their Jewish identity or origins. Jewish tradition defines a Jew as a person with a Jewish mother. Most Jews would not agree with listing someone who was not brought up Jewish, or who does not adhere to Jewish beliefs as "Jewish."

Many listed here may have spent their lives disguising their Jewish origins, and married gentile (non-Jewish) spouses. In many cases the individuals listed may have only one Jewish parent. They may have never practiced Judaism, and may even have adopted another faith, or may be secular or atheist.


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Victor Vekselberg, Russian billionaire




  • Menahem Mendel Beilis, Russian victim of Russian blood libel mistrial
  • Stephen Belson, New York City firefighter, 9/11
  • Alan Berg, US radio personality, killed by neo-Nazis
  • Nick Berg, US entrepreneur, beheaded by Iraqi terrorists
  • Alfred Dreyfus, French army officer falsely accused of treason
  • Efraim Elrom, Israeli consul was murdered by condemned turkish terrorists
  • Alan Feinberg, New York City firefighter, 9/11
  • Anne Frank, Dutch teenage Holocaust victim and writer
  • Leo Frank, lynched in Georgia, USA.
  • Jeremy Glick, United Flight 93 Hero, 9/11
  • Ronald Goldman, murdered together with Nicole Brown Simpson. O.J. Simpson was found guilty for his wrongful death and ordered to pay $8.5 million to the Goldman family
  • Herschel Grynszpan, Holocaust victim, assassinated Ernst vom Rath, which initiated Kristallnacht
  • Chandra Levy, US intern, mysteriously murdered in Washington, DC
  • Mel Mermelstein, Holocaust survivor who sued for damages
  • Edgardo Mortara, Jewish Italian child kidnapped by Catholics
  • Daniel Pearl, US Wall Street Journal journalist, decapitated by Islamic terrorists
  • Darin Howard Pontell, US Navy Lieutenant, Pentagon, 9/11
  • Jay Sebring, US hairdresser, victim of the Manson Family
  • Nancy Spungen, Murder victim and girlfriend of Sid Vicious
  • Rudolf Vrba, escaped from Auschwitz and told the world about it
  • David Weiss, New York City firefighter, 9/11
  • Abraham Zelmanowitz, US programmer, World Trade Center hero, 9/11


Literature & Journalism


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Oskar Schindler, rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust (0 words)
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In this way, the 1,098 workers who had been written on Schindler`s list in connection with the removal avoided sharing the fate of the other 25,000 men, women and children of Plaszow who were sent without mercy to extermination in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, only 60 kilometers from Plaszow.
In 1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war.
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