JTA — Jewish comedian and ‘Great British Bake Off’ host Matt Lucas appeared on the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ “.
In the June 16 episode of the popular genealogy docuseries, Lucas learned that his grandmother’s first cousin, Werner Goldschmidt, had rented a room from the Franks in their Amsterdam apartment. Goldschmidt was living with them when they went into hiding in 1942, and is mentioned in Anne Frank’s famous diary.
In an excerpt from the episode posted on YouTube, Lucas reads a passage from Anne Frank’s July 8, 1942 diary, which describes Goldschmidt as a recent divorcee who spent most of the evening hanging around the house. He has family to continue his evening.
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“I read the diary when I was young and never realized it was about someone close to me,” said Lucas, who was only vaguely aware that some of his family members had died in the concentration camps.
Lucas, who has starred in other series such as ‘Doctor Who’ and films such as ‘Paddington’, attended a Reform synagogue in London, although his parents were from traditional orthodox families. He expands on his Jewish identity in “Little Me: My Life from AZ,” an episode in which the “J” stands for “Jew.”
Contestants on the hugely popular cooking show ‘The Great British Bake Off’ have occasionally prepared Jewish-inspired pavlova-like dishes. Haroset And Matzah In 2021.
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