Who Do You Think You Are?

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Co­me­dian Ruby Wax makes some shock­ing dis­cov­er­ies about her fam­ily’s past…

When co­me­dian Ruby Wax ex­plored her fam­ily tree in Who Do You Think You Are?, she thought there might be the­atri­cal­ity or men­tal ill­ness in her an­ces­tors.

That’s be­cause Ruby, who is now a cam­paigner for men­tal health, suf­fers from de­pres­sion and sus­pected that her late mother, Berta, had men­tal health is­sues.

‘I thought there would be mad­ness or an ac­tress in my fam­ily, or both. I got one of them,’ she says.

Ruby dis­cov­ered that her ma­ter­nal great aunt,

Olga, and great­grand­mother, Bertha, had been in men­tal in­sti­tu­tions.


‘It was a sur­prise to learn that ev­ery­one was in an in­sane asy­lum,’ says Ruby.

Ruby had a pretty un­happy child­hood.

‘As a kid my mother would scream at me,’ she re­veals.

Her par­ents were Jewish refugees who had es­caped the Nazis by flee­ing Aus­tria. They set­tled near Chicago and had Ruby, but never spoke of their past.

Ruby has learned that her fa­ther was im­pris­oned by the Nazis, and that her mother’s rel­a­tives had died in a con­cen­tra­tion camp. ‘Clearly they had had lives that were badly in­ter­rupted,’ says Ruby. ‘I just wish they’d told me some­thing.’

In the fam­ily… Fa­mil­iar traits run through Ruby’s an­ces­try Se­cret… Par­ents Berta and Ed­mund

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