Who Do You Think You Are? Lithuania and Latvia

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are, NBC's genealogy-based reality show, has finally come to the Baltics. The popular American TV show has profiled over a dozen famous actors; each digging into historic documents with the help of professional genealogists to find the journeys and origins of lost relatives. Last year Lisa Kudrow came to Poland on a quest to find family; this year Latvia and Lithuania have been on family search agendas. The show airs on Fridays,  8/7pm Central Time on NBC.

Rashida Jones – Latvia

Last week's episode was quite poignant; comedian and actor Rashida Jones found out the sad truth about her Latvian Jewish heritage on a heart-rending trip to Riga. Unfortunately, treatment of the Jewish population in WWII Latvia was extremely harsh there as it was in many countries of Eastern Europe, entire family lines ending suddenly in senseless killing fields. The final tale that Rashida brought back to share with her family in the U.S. was of hope, that she was a miracle of survival after all that happened. Watch the episode to see the story and find out for yourself.

Watch the episode here: http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/video/rashida-jones/139...

Jason Sudeikis – Lithuania

Don't miss the upcoming Friday, May 11th episode on Jason Sudeikis, an actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni. Will he travel to Lithuania to find information on his Lithuanian father's side of the family? What will be revealed, dark secrets or happy family memories? Tune in and find out! 

Watch the trailer here: http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/video/jason-sudeikis/14...

Editor's Note: As we find out what happened to our Eastern European families, we can only make plans to hold them in our memory and contribute to healing projects. One such project is Wyman Brent's Vilnius Jewish Library in Vilnius. Everyone, Jewish or not, can help heal the fallen and serve to remind future generations. Lithuania and Latvia have endured many tragedies, perhaps the only way forward is to reveal the past then move on to the future. I have seen the younger generation in Lithuania with this energy and optimism; they deserve to know what happened. --Marina

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