Tough talking Chelsea Handler breaks down as she discovers grandfather’s Nazi past in new episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
|| Daily Mail UK
“Every family’s history holds its secrets, for good and for bad.
For comedian Chelsea Handler, the biggest questions lay with the fact that her maternal grandfather fought for the Nazi regime in World War II.
In a new episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are, Handler, 38, discovers exactly what role her grandfather, Karl Stoecker, played in one of history’s most atrocious genocides.
She traces his path from Nazi soldier to American immigrant through documents and interviews with sources familiar with her family’s history.
Handler’s story is made all the more compelling by the fact that was she raised Jewish in a family of faith.
‘My father, I guess, made a deal with my mother when they had children that they were gonna be raised Jewish,’ Handler says. ‘So I connect with my Judaism, or the Jewish side of my family, more than anything else.’
And growing up, Handler had no idea that her grandfather – a ‘very, very strong man’ she describes as having a ‘sense of humour’ – had a dark past.”
In the episode, she reveals that he was taken as a prisoner of war to America, where he likely stayed in Montana for several years.”
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Note: Handler’s grandfather was a member of Hitler’s Sturmabteilung, the SA, Hitler’s ‘bully boys.’ Nobody was drafted into the SA or Brown Shirts, it was purely voluntary. /CJ
Kristallnacht and the Nazi Sturmabteilung in 1938 Germany
“The Kristallnacht riots were the culmination of Nazi assaults made upon the Jews in Germany and Austria following the Anschluss of March 1938. Nazi decrees and laws had gradually been undermining the Jews’ public and personal status and increasing their segregation from the general public.
Hermann Goering had made practical and legal preparations for the “Aryanization” (“Arisierung”) of Jewish property. The Gestapo and the SS under Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich had launched massive arrests of Jews, who were then imprisoned in the concentration camps of Dachau, Buchenwald, and Sachsenhausen. Beginning in July 1938, these camps were being prepared to receive an even greater number of Jews.
Moreover, functionaries of the National Socialist party, the Gauleiter, and the SA (Sturmabteilung; Storm Troopers) instigated local assaults on Jewish businesses and synagogues.”
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