Sorry to dis­ap­point you, Mr Cor­byn, but there’s just no trace of your Jewish roots

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

JEREMY COR­BYN has had his claims of Jewish an­ces­try re­jected by a lead­ing ge­neal­o­gist.

The new Labour Party leader had re­vealed that he be­lieved he had Jewish roots in an in­ter­view with the Church Times.

He said his mother, Naomi, was a Bi­ble-read­ing ag­nos­tic while his fa­ther, David, was a church-go­ing Chris­tian.

But he added: “Go­ing back a lot fur­ther, there is a Jewish el­e­ment in the fam­ily, prob­a­bly from Ger­many.”

How­ever, Doreen Berger, one of the founders of the Jewish Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety of Great Bri­tain, said she had con­ducted ex­ten­sive re­search into Mr Cor­byn’s an­ces­tors and had found no ev­i­dence to back up his claim.

“There was noth­ing I could find,” she said.

“I went back as far as 1837 in the civil records, and I couldn’t find any­thing at all. I looked up all the dif­fer­ent lines and mar­riages in the fam­ily.

“He could have a re­mote great un­cle who mar­ried some­one who was Jewish, but there were def­i­nitely no Jews in his di­rect line.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Berger’s re­search, Mr Cor­byn’s mother’s fam­ily tree in­cluded the Rev­erend Ed­ward Ni­cholas Stott, a York­shire-born vicar, while his pa­ter­nal great-grand­par­ents were Wil­liam Cor­byn, a Suf­folk tai­lor, and Dorothy Mary Bush, the daugh­ter of a Nor­folk chemist.

“I am sorry to in­form a dis­ap­pointed politi­cian, but no Jewish blood can be found in his an­ces­tors,” said Ms Berger.

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