Israeli movie star Gal Gadot said she cried on Holocaust Remembrance Day after seeing a video of herself with her late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor whose family was killed at Auschwitz.
In an Instagram post Thursday including the video, Gadot said she had spent the previous night looking for a photo of her grandfather, when her assistant showed her the video.
“She had no idea today is the Holocaust Remembrance Day, and didn’t know I was looking for a photo of him/us all night,” wrote Gadot, who in the video can be seen touching her grandfather’s face.
“I wasn’t surprised.. My grandpa is always with me.. That’s not the first time he pops out of nowhere.. That’s how he used to be.. With his special sense of humor and always there for us,” she said of her grandfather Abraham Weiss.
“Even though he went thru hell. Lost his ENTIRE family in Auschwitz.. He chose to believe in good,” Gadot added. “I miss you saba. I love you,” she said, using the Hebrew word for grandfather.
Gadot said she was brought to tears by the video, which she had never seen before.
“And as I think of you today, at this very moment of remembrance, which is also a call for all of us to act against discrimination of any kind. Anywhere in the world,” said Gadot.
Thursday was Israel’s national Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War II.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in August, Gadot spoke of the influence her grandfather had on her.
“His entire family was murdered – it’s unthinkable,” Gadot said of Weiss, who was a teenager in Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust.
“He affected me a lot. After all the horrors he’d seen, he was like this damaged bird, but he was always hopeful and positive and full of love. If I was raised in a place where these values were not so strong, things would be different. But it was very easy for me to relate to everything that Wonder Woman stands for,” she said in the interview.