Jewish Vikings? A DNA mystery

Let me preface this item by saying that I’m not a DNA expert. I leave that to the many brilliant people in the field.

However, as an entry in the food for thought category, click here for “Detective work solves a genetic mystery,” from the University of Sydney (Australia).

Researcher Marc Buhler believes he has tracked down the source of a genetic marker shared by individuals with Jewish and Viking ancestral origins. The marker in question is a mutation that may be an inherited shield against AIDS.

The question: How do people from such different regions carry this genetic inheritance? Where did their paths cross?

One in five Caucasians share a common ancestor who carried that marker, says Buhler, who believes the mutation’s carrier lived around 800 CE, northeast of the Black Sea in the Khazars’ neighborhood.

In Australia, he tested 807 Ashkenazi Jews and 311 non-Jews, and found the marker in one in four Ashkenazi Jews, and in one in three whose grandparents came from Russia, Poland, Austria or Czechoslovakia.

Buhler believes the genetic marker came to Scandinavia when Swedish Vikings visited the area between 800-1000 CE, and was distributed to Ashkenazi Jews when many of them left Germany after a 1350 bout of plague and traveled east, mingling with the Jews of the Khazar region.

He says that a previous study indicated the incidence of this marker in about one in three Ashkenazi Jews and one in four Icelanders.

Genealogists around the world are waiting anxiously for the development of a time-travel machine, so we’ll finally be able to ask questions of our ancestors and resolve some of this speculation.

16 Responses

  1. My name is Shlomo Schwartz and I am a student in the History school in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
    I will be more then happy if you can refer me to some information abut that historical event

  2. My name is Shlomo Schwartz and I am a student in the History school in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
    I will be more then happy if you can refer me to some information abut that historical event

  3. Hi, Shlomo
    If you send me an email via ASK SCHELLY I can give you information. You have not supplied an email here, so I cannot contact you.

    Best wishes,
    Schelly

  4. Hi, Shlomo
    If you send me an email via ASK SCHELLY I can give you information. You have not supplied an email here, so I cannot contact you.

    Best wishes,
    Schelly

  5. This is very interesting due to the fact that there is information that vikings acctually were jews who after romans burned down jerusalem could not stay there so they rebeld and became pagans and fled to Euprope.
    This is another proof.
    Empress blessed
    avei3@inbox.lv

  6. This is very interesting due to the fact that there is information that vikings acctually were jews who after romans burned down jerusalem could not stay there so they rebeld and became pagans and fled to Euprope.
    This is another proof.
    Empress blessed
    avei3@inbox.lv

  7. The Khazars represent the only nation that converted to Judaism around 800, prior to that they were either shamanists, christians or muslims.

  8. The Khazars represent the only nation that converted to Judaism around 800, prior to that they were either shamanists, christians or muslims.

  9. Hi I am a vicking re enactor and jewish, and have been trying to enlighten people in my socciety that jews and vikings crossed paths as at he moment a re enactor can choose christian or pagen to follow in character. do you have any more info that you could send me.

    joelbunn@yahoo.co.uk

  10. Hi I am a vicking re enactor and jewish, and have been trying to enlighten people in my socciety that jews and vikings crossed paths as at he moment a re enactor can choose christian or pagen to follow in character. do you have any more info that you could send me.

    joelbunn@yahoo.co.uk

  11. the vikings or 6 kings (after the 6 hebrew pharaohs of egypt were 100% Israelite. they named themselves the dan-ish after the tribe of dan. the lion on the british coat of arms symbolizes the tribe of judah, the unicorn symbolizes the tribe of joseph, and the harp symbolizes the king solomon. brit-ish means land of the covenant in hebrew! so the vikings named england great land of the covenant!!!

  12. the vikings or 6 kings (after the 6 hebrew pharaohs of egypt were 100% Israelite. they named themselves the dan-ish after the tribe of dan. the lion on the british coat of arms symbolizes the tribe of judah, the unicorn symbolizes the tribe of joseph, and the harp symbolizes the king solomon. brit-ish means land of the covenant in hebrew! so the vikings named england great land of the covenant!!!

  13. Hi; I am a jewish re-enactor, writing a story about a Khazari jew who winds up in viking sweden. I have a fair amount of research, but it sounds like you have more still. I would love to compare notes and read some of your sources. (BTW, this story will be voiced as well as written)

    Elliot

  14. hello. i try to research my family origins from patchy bits of info, but i know that i descend from Sarah Brandhandler, daughter of Samuel Brandhandler from Trondheim, Norway. They were jewish, and i think Samuel possibly escaped WWII to Norway. Are you able to research his origins? I assume i have Norweigian Blood through Sarah, but also some Germanic from this side of my family. I hope to find the tribes our family originated from. my email is octopus_envy (at) wildmail (dot) com. Thank you for any help. jef ikenn

    • If you are a descendent of Samuel Brandhandler you have an interesting history. He immigrated to Trondheim from Poland to become the Rabbi of the tiny Jewish population there. He and his wife Deborah had several children in Norway, one of which was David whom is my husband’s grandfather. He is the sole surviving child of Samuel and will turn 100 this year. Samuel went to Norway in the 20′s and left Norway for the US shortly before WWII. About 10 years ago David and his family returned to Trondheim for a 100 year celebration of the synagogue. We have a book that the synagogue printed for the anniversary that has a wonderful image so Samuel and his family. There are several Brandhandler descendants in the Chicago area.

  15. Hi Meg! I heard you are Justin’s wife. I am Lilly Klein’s great-granddaughter, Ethel Kolom’s granddaughter. She was Uncle David’s oldest sister. We should start some kind of family page/blog for all the Brandhandler descendants. Would love to hear from you!

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