Actor Dustin Hoffman learned more about his genealogy on an episode of “Finding Your Roots.”

The actor was shocked to discover that one of his great-grandmothers, Libby, lived through the Holocaust but was left with both physical and emotional scars when she moved to the United States to start a new life.

Holding back tears, he read the description on her immigration files.

“She was a hero,” he said. He said that he has always known he was Jewish but never understood fully what his family had gone through before he was born. “I am a Jew. They all survived for me to be here.”

“Finding Your Roots” airs on PBS at 8 p.m. EST.

(h/t Faith It)

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