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My Grandparents Escaped Hitler!

In 2021, I said in a campaign video that my “grandparents survived the Holocaust.” Several months later, speaking with the Jewish News Syndicate, I said, “I’m very proud of my grandparents’ story,” which I claimed included “fleeing Hitler.” Speaking to Fox News Digital, I was worried about getting caught so I declared: “For a lot of people who are descendants of World War II refugees or survivors of the Holocaust, a lot of names and paperwork were changed in name of survival.” However, that does not, in fact, appear to be the case for my family. According to genealogist Megan Smolenyak, who spoke to CNN, “There’s no sign of Jewish and/or Ukrainian heritage and no indication of name changes along the way.” Meanwhile, according to CNN, multiple genealogy records indicate that my grandparents were born in Brazil!

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