TLVFaces: “In college there was more anti-Semitism than before college, because there were people who never met a Jew before. A friend of mine, when she found out I was Jewish, said, ‘Really? Oh, I don’t like Jews,’” she shared.
The actress, who shot to fame playing the capricious Phoebe on the TV show “Friends,” also recounted how she learned about her own family’s connection to the Holocaust during an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, a show that traces the genealogy of a selected participant.
“I took a lot of Jewish history classes and studied Hebrew for two years in college. But the striking thing to me is that while I studied it, I never applied it to my own family history. So I didn’t have to be burdened with the nightmare of what happened to people I knew. Then as I got older my grandmother told me it was Hitler who killed everybody in her family, and that’s the first time I came face-to-face with it. In my fully denial state of mind it was, ‘No, no, we’re not part of the Holocaust.’ But I learned we are,” Kudrow said.