by Michael Hoffman
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Lois Totman was the daughter of Anton and Jessie Bleifuss.
According to census records, Anton Bleifuss was born in Bremen, Germany. Bleifuss may be a Judaic name. (The Left-wing journalist Joel Bleifuss is Judaic.)
Therefore, Anton Bleifuss, Jared Lee Loughner's great-grandfather, may have been Judaic.
(By the way, the German version of the video game 'Screamer' is called
The Zionists are desperate not to have Loughner labeled as being of Judaic descent:
Reporter Ron Kampeas asked researcher Nate Bloom about this in a column for the Jewish Telegraph Agency (Jan. 12, 2011). Bloom states flat out: "Loughner's family was in no way Jewish, nor was his mother..."
There you have it. The "expert" Nate Bloom has declared the belief we must all accept ~ but...
A bit down in his paragraph, Bloom concedes that even though Loughner's mother is "in no way Jewish," lo and behold, she is indeed, at least a little (but not too much):
" ~ but she might have mentioned her Jewish grandfather, beloved enough to live on in her brother's name, with pride or interest.
"Under those circumstances Loughner, who sought 'chaos' according to Tierney, might have sought to provoke his mother and his uncle by pretending to admire (or actually admiring) Adolph (sic) Hitler. He might have told Tierney that his mother was Jewish as shorthand, or might have seen her as Jewish...Or he might have explained the lineage, and Tierney might understandably have conflated it as 'mother Jewish."
(End quote; emphasis supplied).
LOUGHNER'S MOTHER JEWISH? NOT SO MUCH
By Ron Kampeas
I noted the other day that an acquaintance of Jared Lee Loughner, the accused gunman in Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson, believed his mother was Jewish.
Bryce Tierney told Mother Jones that Loughner listed Mein Kampf as a favorite book in part to provoke his Jewish mother.
Nate Bloom, the noted Jewish roots columnist and researcher, has done the legwork ~ and pretty much buries this notion.
I'll hand it over to him:
It is appalling how one comment ~ a friend of Jared Loughner telling a Mother Jones' reporter that Jared Loughner's mother is "Jewish" ~ goes viral in an instant. In hours, "this fact" was all over on anti-Semitic sites. And, of course, there are the "commentators" who love to 'blame the victim' via some pop psychology theory that Jared acted out of "Jewish self-hatred."
I figured that this was the moment to try and get "truth" dressed, and into the public arena a lot faster than usual. In other words, to use the tools of the internet to determine the veracity of what this friend told Mother Jones.
I cover Jews in popular culture for Jewish newspapers and I know how often famous people are mis-identified as Jewish or mis-identified as not Jewish. I also know that a lot of people are not outright lying about claiming someone is Jewish ~ they just get it wrong.
So, with my friend Michael, we ran down everything we could from public records on Jared Loughner's mother's family background. It took a lot of "search terms" and databases to find what we did.
Here's what we found:
Jared Lee Loughner's mother is Amy Totman Loughner;
Amy Loughner ~ Known Parentage from Public Records:
Her [Amy's] parents were Lois May Totman and Laurence Edward Totman. ~ Lois M. Totman died in 1999 and Laurence E. Totman died in 2005.
Both were registered nurses. Laurence worked at a VA facility in Tucson. We both found this info via Google news archives, social security death index.
From 1930 census records: Laurence E. Totman was born in Illinois in 1925. His (Laurence's) parents were Laurence A. Totman and his wife, Mary. Laurence Totman pere (the elder) was born in Kansas to a Pennsylvania father and an Illinois mother. Mary was from Illinois, as were both of her parents. A sister-in-law named Myrtle M. Brennan is listed as living with them also.
1920/1910 census records ~ Totman Family: In 1920, Lawrence Totman, (Jared's) great-grandfather, is living with his aunt, Rosa Clarke, who was born in illinois to two Irish-born parents. Rosa is his mother's sister. On the 1910 census, his (Laurence, the elder) maternal grandparents are listed as Irish-born. Father, Orvie Totman was born in Ohio to Ohio-born parents.
Amy Loughner's Mother's Line:
See obit, below, from Arlington (Illinois) Daily Record, June 24, 1999 ~ Obituary of Helen Medernach of Virgil, Illinois. Helen was the sister of Lois M. Totman (the mother of Amy Totman Loughner). Helen was the great aunt of Jared Loughner.
As you can see, Helen's funeral (mass) was held at a Catholic church. Helen (and Lois) were the children of Anton Bleifuss and JessieBleifuss (nee Anderson). Lois M. Totman died just days after her sister, Helen.
According to the census records, Anton Bleifuss was born in Bremen, Germany, to German parents. Jessie Anderson Bleifuss was born in Illinois to a father born in Denmark and a mother born in Illinois. Conclusion ~ It is exceedingly unlikely that Amy Loughner has any Jewish ancestry. The only "line" not traced his Amy's father's mother's family.
At OpEd News, Rob Kall interviews Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Giffords' shul, Congregation Chaverim, she dispenses with any notion that the Loughner's were in any way associated with the community: "We had a meeting of the Tucson Board of Rabbis. We all looked at our rosters from many years back. No one has ever heard of the family ~ him, his parents, any of them. I can say with absolute certainty that we do not know him in pretty much the entire affiliated community."
I would add this: Bleifuss may be a Jewish name. (The noted investigative journalist, Joel Bleifuss, is Jewish.) Anton Bleifuss, Jared Lee Loughner's great-grandfather, might then have been Jewish ~ but not so committed that he didn't defer to his wife when it came to raising the children as Roman Catholics. As I noted in my earlier posting, Jared Loughner is not the most reliable of reporters, and Tierney's recollection was added as an aside. Mix into this the fact that Amy Loughner's brother is Anton Totman ~ apparently named for his mother's father.
Loughner's family was in no way Jewish, nor was his mother ~ but she might have mentioned her Jewish grandfather, beloved enough to live on in her brother's name, with pride or interest. Under those circumstances Loughner, who sought "chaos" according to Tierney, might have sought to provoke his mother and his uncle by pretending to admire (or actually admiring) Adolph Hitler.
It sets up a fascinating contrast: Gabrielle Giffords, who plunges into public service when she is 30, just the same age she delves into her father's Judaism and chooses to embrace it; and Jared Loughner, who learns of a distant Jewish connection deep in his family's past ~ and reviles it as he retreats into madness. An obituary for Loughman's great aunt, Helen Medernach, is after the jump.
Date: June 24, 1999 Section: Business Edition: Cook Page: 10 Column:
Helen Medernach of Virgil
A funeral Mass for Helen Medernach, 77, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at S.S. Peter & Paul Church. Fr. Aloysius Neumann will officiate.
Born Sept. 21, 1921, in Sycamore, the daughter of Anton and Jessie (nee Anderson) Bleifuss, she passed away peacefully Sunday, June 20, 1999, at Bethany Care Center in Sycamore, where she had made her home since May. Interment will be in S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Virgil.
Helen grew up in Sycamore and graduated from Sycamore High School, class of 1939. She went on to take business courses which shortly landed her a job at Anaconda Wire Company in Sycamore. She went to California with her sister, Lois, and was employed in a business office for a few years before returning to work in Chicago. The last 20 years of her working career were spent in the business office at the Duplex Company in Sycamore.
She was united in marriage to William H. `Willie' Medernach on May16, 1959. They made their home in Sycamore for a short time before moving to Virgil where they lived across the street from the church for many years.