This Day in Jewish History A Luxury Car's Namesake Is Born

The nickname of Adrienne Manuela Ramona Jellinek, the granddaughter of a highly distinguished rabbinic scholar, later became associated with the Nazis' auto of choice.

September 16, 1889, is the birthdate of “Mercedes” Adrienne Manuela Ramona Jellinek, the namesake of Mercedes-Benz cars. Even though her father’s involvement with the car's manufacturer, Daimler, ended before World War I, the company maintained the name for its line of cars. Thus, the quintessential German car, whose 770 luxury model was the auto of choice for the very pinnacle of the Nazi hierarchy,...