Chelsea Handler Unearths Nazi Roots On TV Show

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July 30, 2013 | 8:48pm EST

Comedienne and actress Chelsea Handler has given Lisa Kudrow’s genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? a big boost after visiting Germany and uncovering her Jewish grandfather’s military background.
The This Means War star’s segment on the U.S. show has yet to air but Kudrow admits it’s a big hit with network executives at TLC.
Handler says, “I got to go to Nazi Germany – well it’s not really Nazi Germany anymore… – and I researched my grandfather, who was a German soldier and I’m a half-Jew/half-German, so, for me, I thought that would be a good dynamic.”
Kudrow says, “That was a lot of people’s favourite episode at the network… It couldn’t have been an easy show to do.”
Handler adds, “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I’m part-Nazi, because I’m a part-Jew, so I figured it was a perfect combo… It’s not like I’m gonna find out some terrible thing… It actually turned out much better that I thought, and I got to see parts of the world I hadn’t been to, so that was exciting.”