Watch as Mandy Patinkin discovers that his family members were victims of the Holocaust, contrary to what he had always believed. In his interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Patinkin was emotional as he learned about his family history.
Mandy Patinkin was raised in Chicago and knew little about his family’s background in Europe before they arrived in the US. The family name was originally Patinka, and Mandy’s grandfather had a cousin named Lazur Patinka, who lived in Poland during WWII. Mandy’s grandparents were both alive during this time and never spoke of it. Lazur was about 29 years old, married and had a son. Although he had family in the US, by this time, it was too late, and he was trapped in Poland. In this video, Mandy reads a document and learns the fate of his family members.
Source: PBS/Finding Your Roots