MOVING VIDEO: Jewish Actor Breaks Down As He Discovers His Relatives Died In The Holocaust

Mandy Patinkin breaks down upon discovering his relatives were murdered at Treblinka. (PBS Screenshot)

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Jewish actor Mandy Patinkin always thought he had no relatives that died in the Holocaust but recently he found out differently on a PBS show called Finding Your Roots, according to a JTA report.

Finding Your Roots is a PBS celebrity genealogy show in which celebrities are presented with a “book of life” that is compiled with information researched by professional genealogists that allows them to view their ancestral histories, learn about familial connections and discover secrets about their lineage.

During the show, Patinkin became emotionally overwhelmed when he found out that his relatives were among thousands of Jews from Brańsk, a town in northeastern Poland, to be sent to their deaths in crematoriums at the Treblinka concentration camp.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Quoting Wikipedia: “In 2020, Patinkin and Grody partnered with Swing Left to encourage people to vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election. The couple created videos, with their sons, that went viral online. Patinkin also stumped for Biden in an ad for the Jewish Democratic Council of America encouraging Jews to vote for Biden. The ad featured Patinkin channeling his Princess Bride character to encourage people to vote.”

  2. Why does this article not give the full name of the PBS program: “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”? Gates is a well-regarded scholar.

  3. @A mamma
    How is that relevant to this conversation?
    Are you so one-track-minded?
    The world doesn’t end at the border wall, has more voices than those of Roger Stone, and has more colors than Trump’s hair.