Joanna Lumley breaks down in tears as travel show Great Cities of the World takes harrowing turn

Joanna Lumley breaks down in tears as travel show Great Cities of the World takes harrowing turn

JOANNA Lumley was brought to tears in the latest episode of Great Cities of the World after a heartbreaking chat with a Holocaust survivor.

As part of Joanna's ITV travel documentary, the actress travelled to Berlin to learn more about the history of the country – and she soon found herself getting emotional.


Towards the end of the programme, Joanna spoke with Holocaust survivor Margot Friedländer, who shared her memories from that horrific time.

Margot began by speaking about her childhood where she told Joanna at 12-years-old, she lived with her brother and her mother.

Although, her world turned upside down when she returned home from school one evening in 1943.

Margot was left at home alone as her brother and mother had already been taken by the Nazis.

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And soon into her story, Joanna struggled to hold it together as Margot remembered the message her mother had sent to her.

Margot revealed: "My mother left the words with the neighbours, 'If you see my daughter, tell her she should try to make a life'.

"Throughout the years I was able to get through," she emotionally continued.

Margot spent 19 months in hiding before she was eventually captured by the Nazis where she was sent to a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.

In another heartbreaking reveal, Margot later discovered that both her mother and her brother had been murdered by the Nazis.

As the Absolutely Fabulous actress reflected on her chat with Margot, she broke down in tears again.

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"It's absolutely overwhelming," Joanna sighed as she tried to speak through tears.

"We all knew they wore stars but I had never seen one before. What she is doing is so important because we must never forget."

Joanna Lumley's Great Cities of the World is available to watch on the ITV Hub.


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