About Randy Schoenberg
See my blog at schoenblog.com
I am a volunteer curator on Geni, and one of Geni's most active users, managing about 150,000 profiles. I am a board member of JewishGen and the Co-Founder of JewishGen's Austria-Czech Special Interest Group. I founded and moderate the Jewish Genealogy Portal group on Facebook, with over 19,000 members, the largest Jewish genealogy group in existence. I administer the Schoenberg FamilyTree DNA Project, Kolisch Family Tree DNA Project and Zeisel FamilyTree DNA Project. I am also the author of the Beginner's Guide to Austrian-Jewish Genealogy and the co-author of Getting Started with Czech-Jewish Genealogy. Professionally, I am an attorney and serve on the boards of various philanthropic, artistic and educational organizations. I am past President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. A more detailed biography is at the bottom of this page.
I have initiated or helped develop a number of important projects on Geni, including:
- Jewish Genealogy Portal
- Jewish Celebrity Birthday Calendar
- Geni Top 10 Lists
- Holocaust: The Final Solution
- Jewish Communities in Bohemia and Moravia
- Prominent Jewish Families of Vienna
- Tolerated Jews of Vienna
- Jewish Families from Prague
I have a very deep and broad family tree.
All 4 grandparents were from Vienna. 15/16 of my gg-grandparents were Jewish, from Bohemia, Moravia, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. A list of surnames and cities is below.
I have tried dna testing at familytreedna.com and 23andme.com. I have a relatively unusual y-dna, R-Y15646, formerly R-Z207, R1b1b2a1a2c or R1b1b2a1b3 M222- M269+ P312+ SRY2627+ U106- U152- and have no close matches other than my father and another Schoenberg (likely a 5th or 6th cousin) from the same village in Hungary (Szécsény). Other than that we are pretty unique. I can trace back for certain only to my gg-grandfather Abraham Schönberg (1812-1871) in Szécsény, Hungary. My mtDNA Haplogroup is R0a2m ending with my 5g-grandmother Elka Hirsch (1761-1816) in Prostejov (Prossnitz), Moravia.
My ancestral surnames are:
BREITENFELD (Lobkowitz, Rychmburk)
TAUSEK/TAUSSIG (Lobkowitz, Rychmburk)
And my non-Jewish 1/16 is
FINGER (Hradec Králové)
INQUART (Budapest, Wien, Česká Lípa, Prague)
RESCH (Budapest, Kula, Pécsvárad)
E. Randol Schoenberg was the co-founding partner of Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP, where he handled a number of complex business litigation matters, specializing in cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust. He won the return of five famous Klimt paintings for his client, Maria Altmann.
In 2007, Mr. Schoenberg received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award for outstanding achievement in the field of litigation. He also received the 2006 Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award from the American Jewish Congress.
Mr. Schoenberg graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1988 and a certificate in European Cultural Studies. In 1991, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California.
His interests include classical music, tennis, skiing, genealogy, art, basketball, law, mathematics, backpacking, philately, German, French, and computers. He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Sinai Akiba Academy, Southwest Chamber Music Society, JewishGen, Choral Society of Southern California, and the L.A. Jewish Symphony.