Robert Rinder’s mum Angela ‘collapsed’ as the pair retraced the footsteps of their family’s suffering during the Holocaust.
In a new two-part series which airs tonight, the TV judge and his mum learn about the horrors of what his family went through.
‘I think it was like going into a house that looks totally innocuous and you stand in this normal house and suddenly somebody tells you that a whole family have died there,’ she began.
‘And the ghosts started coming up from the ground and that’s exactly what happened to me.
‘The Nazi’s flattened this, so it was just green. We were walking through and suddenly the ghosts just came up from the ground.’
‘These weren’t just ghosts, these were my grandparents, my dad’s little brother, his three little sisters – the youngest was nine,’ she added.
‘At one point, I was talking to our lovely professor and suddenly my legs went and I held on to Robert for dear life.’
It was also an emotional project for Judge Rinder as in a preview clip, he’s seen breaking down as he visited a mass grave in Voranava, Belarus.
They also discovered other members of his family were murdered within an hour of arriving at a concentration camp.
In the clip, Robert gets tearful, as he explained: ‘It’s strange because it’s on the one hand just a mound, just a piece of nature, yet it’s the most articulate expression of human evil I’ve ever come close to.’
The 42-year-old stressed the importance of remembering those who were killed in the Holocaust.
He added: ‘Their humanity which was deprived. That’s the thing, that’s the most powerful, ugly, dark thing. This is the death of humanity here.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV and Robert Rinder: My Family, The Holocaust, and Me airs Monday at 9pm on BBC Two.