Schirach family in Kochel, 1937 - Schirach is a noble family of Wendish (i.e. West Slavic) origin. Baldur von Schirach himself was three quarter American of mainly Philadelphia descent. Through his mother, Schirach descended from two signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence. English was the first language he learned at home and he was not able to speak German until the age of five.