Celebrity Chelsea Handler heartbroken after learning that her grandfather served the Nazi regimeBy Mason White 2:59 AM August 11, 2013
By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A celebrity was left with a broken heart after she found out that her grandfather served in the Nazi regime, according to the TLC show “Who do you think you are.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler is serious about her family, but last week, during the TLC episode, the 38-year-old became very emotional when she discovered the truth about her family’s ties to Nazi Germany.
“I’m very intrigued to learn how much my German grandparents were involved in the war,” Handler said at the beginning of the program. The program helps stars learn about their ancestry. “My mother was German, and she came to the U.S. when she was 19-years-old for the first time. My father, I think, made a deal with my mother that their children would be raised Jewish. That is why I connect with my Judaism, or the Jewish side of my family, more than anything else,” Handler said.
“My mother’s parents came from Germany. My grandparents on my mother’s side raised me my whole life. They had this funny sense of humor. My grandfather was a strong man, very, very large with big strong hands,” she said.
After going on a journey to unearth the facts, Handler discovered the truth. “My grandfather served in World War Two as a soldier. Whether or not he agreed with Hitler, he was serving in the German army,” The star, who was born and raised in New Jersey, said. “He was taken as a prisoner of war at some point by the United States, where he remained for several years. When he returned to Germany he was very anxious to come and take his family and move back to the United States,” she said.
“My German grandmother definitely talked about her life during the war more than my grandfather did,” Handler said. “He never talked about it,” she also said. While reading a memoir her grandmother wrote about life in Germany after the First World War, Handler began to cry. “I remember when my grandmother told us how there was no food,” she recalled. “It must have been very hard to be a parent at that time,” she said.