for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Wdytya: Ruby Wax

wednesday 4th october, 8.00-9.00pm, on bbc 1
ruby wax (in the who do you think you are series)
including contributions from …
• historian eleonore lappin-eppel
• historian tony kushner
• genealogist gregor brezsina
• historian doron rabinovici
• historian anna hajkova
chaim tetrashvili, of the vienna jewish cemetery
• historian dr sabine wieber
• czech archivist dr lenka matusikova

Ruby Wax’s Jewish parents fled Vienna and the Nazis for America in 1938. ‘They took the war with them and brought it to our kitchen,’ says the comedian and mental-health campaigner at the start of this remarkable episode. They raised their only daughter in a dramatically dysfunctional household – Ruby’s father was volatile and her mother ‘hysterical… screaming in the street.’
Ruby wonders if her own mental illness had its origins in her upbringing and the trauma her parents went through, or whether it is in her family’s genes.
Ruby journeys to central Europe, where she learns about her parents’ flight and the distressing fate of family who remained in Vienna during the war, and she makes a startling discovery about her great-aunt and great-grandmother, which is both harrowing and surprisingly affirming.”

(if you missed it, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b097mdh4/who-do-you-think-you-are-series-14-10-ruby-wax)

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