Andrew Denton and I Share Common Roots

Andrew Denton discovers that he is part of the illustrious Katzenellenbogen Rabbinic Family Tree.

So we are connected!

He discovers this in Episode 1  Series 6 of Who Do You Think You Are Australia.


My connection to my 12th great grandfather, Saul Wahl Katzenellenbogen, King of Poland for a day:

Relationship Chart Eli Moses Rabinowitz:Shaul Wahl  Katzenellenbogen
For more visit:
From my zaida’s shtetl of Orla to Suchowola, Andrew’s shtetl, both in the Grodno Guberna:
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To learn more on Shaul Wahl Katzenellenbogen, Brest and Yizkor Books visit:
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My visit to Grodno in 2012:


With Tamara Vershitskaya, who has been on several episodes of Who Do You Think You Are and Tatiana, director of the Grodno Archives, who appears on Andrew’s episode.

6 Replies to “Andrew Denton and I Share Common Roots”

  1. Oh good, we hoped that you were watching…..very moving.

    Hope that your time in Sydney went well.

    Night night,


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  2. Any relations to the Ceres guys katzenellengpbogen Also barbara drucker who was related it newmansa


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  3. We watched this and absolutely amazed!! Eli!!! You are connected to the world and history Any relationship to the katzenellenbogen family from Wolsley – Judy who lives etc?? Shax

    Neville Friedman


  4. Hi Eli, We are distant cousins. I am also descended from Katzenellenbogen. From your chart, our common ancestor was Avraham Yehoshua Heshel. While you are descended from his son Issachar Berrish Babad, I am descended from his son Shaul Babad, a son from Avraham’s marriage to one of the Klausner sisters, either Esther or Hinde. So you and I are 10th cousins…or 10th half cousins perhaps, but we both share the same 9th great-grandfather. Gwen

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