NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Finding Your Roots.
Episode One “The Impression”
Featuring Bernie Sanders and Larry David
Two guests linked by one hilarious impersonation trace their roots from 1940s Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Europe. Larry David discovers his German heritage by way of ancestors who settled in Mobile, Alabama in the mid-19th century — including one who became a slaveholding Confederate; Bernie Sanders gains greater understanding of his father’s dangerous childhood in Austrian Galicia during World War I.
Both guests discover what happened to the family members who were still in Europe during the Holocaust — Larry David’s grandfather lost nine siblings; Bernie Sanders’ uncle, a member of the Limanowa Judenrat, heroically went head to head with a Nazi officer. Through DNA testing, our guests learn that there is more to their uncanny likeness than they ever suspected. Go to PBS.org/FindingYourRoots to watch full episodes after the premiere and to learn more about the guests.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was visibly moved to learn that one of his ancestors died fighting Nazis during World War II.
– The Hill
Larry David Shocked to Learn His Ancestor Was a Confederate Slave Owner
In the first episode of Finding Your Roots: Season 4, Larry David discovers a lot more than his shared ancestry with Bernie Sanders. Watch the premiere next week to find out more!
– The Daily Beast