Friday, April 20, 2012

The Hungarian-Jewish Family Tree of Zsa Zsa Gabor

Lately, on my down time from work and helping out family, I've been doing some sleuthing into Zsa Zsa Gabor's family a bit more. Back in February, I had stumbled upon Zsa Zsa's maternal aunt's marriage record. Her name was Rozália Tilleman and she was married to a man named Manó Rein. You can find that previous entry here. Well I've done a bit more digging, and I've found a lot more information to add to Zsa Zsa Gabor's family tree!

There has been much dispute about Zsa Zsa Gabor's mother's correct birthdate. Well, I have found Jolie Gabor's birth record! Zsa Zsa Gabor's mother was born as Janka Tilleman, on 30 September 1896, in Budapest District VII; the birth was registered on 02 October 1896. Her father was listed as "Tilleman Jona Hersch" (surnames were written first in Hungary). He was a sugar salesman by trade and born abt 1865 in Drohobycz, Galicia. Her mother was listed as "Reinharz Chawe Faige". She was born about 1872 in Boleczhow, Galicia. They were both of the Jewish faith and resided at Király utcza (street) 21, Budapest District VII. I'm not really sure where Jolie Gabor came up with the name "Jancsi", claiming her father wanted a boy. Janka is the Hungarian version of the feminine name Johanna.

Two years later, I found the birth record for Janka's sister, Rozália Tilleman; Zsa Zsa's aunt that I had found the marriage record for, earlier this year. She was born on 05 October 1898 in Budapest District VII; the birth being registered on 07 October 1898. Her father was listed as "Tilleman Jóna Hersch". He was a café manager by trade and born about 1865 in Drohobycz, Galicia. Her mother was listed as "Reinharcz Chawe Feige"; born about 1872 in Bolechow, Galicia. They were both Jewish and resided at Király utcza (street) 17, Budapest District VII.

Knowing that Jona Tilleman was deceased prior to his daughter Rozália's marriage in 1923, I went in search of a marriage record for Chawe Feige Reinharz.. and I found one! She was remarried on 27 November 1928 in Budapest District VI, to a doctor named "Kende Miksa" (remember, surnames first!) He was a widower of the Jewish faith who was born on 05 December 1864 in Klenócz, Czechoslovakia (previously Klenócz, Gömör county, Hungary; today Klenovec, Slovakia). He was the son of the deceased "Kohn Mór Lipót" and the deceased "Klein Resi". He was also a resident of Pannonia utcza 8/a, Budapest District V. The bride, "Reinharz Chave Feige", was listed as divorced (had she divorced Jona Tilleman prior to his death?) and born on 28 November 1873 in Bolchow, Poland; she was a resident of Rákóczi utcza 54, Budapest District VII. She was the daughter of the deceased "Reinharz Eisig" and the deceased "Stein Dwora". Witnesses to the marriage were "Hacker Bertalan", residing at Budapest District VI, Munkácsy utcza 3, and "Dr. Grosz Menyhért", residing at Budapest District V, Pannonia utcza 8/a (same residence of the groom).

With all the information gathered together, I have been able to research back to Zsa Zsa Gabor's maternal great-grandparents. Above, you can find a basic family tree to help explain the family relationships.

Does anyone know when Jona Hersch Tilleman died? When Vilmos Gábor, father of Zsa Zsa, was born and died.. and where? If you have any additional information, please contact me!


  1. Hello Nick, don't know if you are still pursuing this line of research. Vilmos Gabor was said to have been about 20 years Janka's senior (so b. 1876?) and was supposed to have been in the Hungarian army, rising to the rank of Colonel. Is it possible you could find more about him through Hungarian military records? I am also an amateur genealogist but haven't done any Hungarian research, so I don't know how their military records would have survived the wars. Perhaps you already know all this, but just thought I'did chime in. Very interesting page, nice job!

  2. Hi veggietoni,
    I've since made an update to the Gábor family research at my other blog here: (, however I haven't requested any military records for Vilmos yet. Vilmos was 15 years older than Janka. :)

  3. They were obtained through