Scarlett Johansson learns of family Holocaust tragedy
In forthcoming episode of 'Finding Your Roots,' US Jewish actress tearfully finds out her great uncle and his family perished in the Warsaw Ghetto [Times of Israel] / October 28, 2017
In the forthcoming episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” American Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson discovers the tragic fate of her relatives who died in the Holocaust.
Johansson is overcome by emotion when she learns for the first time that her great uncle died in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. “I mean, you really couldn’t imagine the horror. It’s just so crazy to imagine,” she says tearfully in a trailer for the episode obtained by People magazine.
Johansson’s grandfather left Poland for the United States, where he worked as a grocer in New York. The PBS show used documentation from Yad Vashem to determine that his brother and family died in the ghetto. “Wow, that’s sad,” she says, visibly overcome with emotion. “And I promised myself I wouldn’t cry. But it’s hard not to.”
“It’s crazy to imagine that Saul would be on the other side selling bananas on Ludlow Street. And how different it would be being in America at that time,” the 32-year-old actress says. “The fate of one brother versus the other.”
Johansson says the experience has led her to feel more connected to her roots. “It makes me feel more deeply connected to that side of myself, that side of my family. I didn’t expect that,” she says.
Johansson’s episode is to air on Tuesday, October 31, on PBS.
Scarlett Johansson (b. 1984)'s father is from Denmark and her mother, a Melanie Sloan from New York, is descended from Ostjuden from Belarus and eastern Poland. Scarlett is twice married and twice divorced as of 2017; she has one child (b. 2014; the baby's father is her French then-husband). "She has described herself as Jewish." Her first big movie breaks came in "Matchpoint" (filmed in 2004), directed by Woody Allen, Jewish and "The Island" (2005), directed by Michael Bay, also Jewish. She has starred in at least one film produced by serial sexual attacker and Holocaust-enforcer Harvey Weinstein (also Jewish).
Scarlett Johansson is one of the elect: Not only Jewish (by self-identity, and also so called by the Times of Israel, despite fully 50% Northern-European Christian blood), but with a bonafide third-degree family connection to several of the Sacred Six Million... Miss Johansson is soon hitting her mid-thirties; can she count on her status as a Third Generation Holocaust Victim to keep her acting fortunes high?