Santos Lied About Grandparents Fleeing The Holocaust

The Jewish Forward reports:

Congressman-elect George Santos’ emotional narrative of having Jewish grandparents who fled Europe during World War II appears to be untrue, like much of the rest of his campaign biography, according to genealogy websites reviewed by the Forward.

Santos, a Long Island Republican, has said that his father was Catholic and his mother was Jewish, and that both faiths “are mine.” The very first line of the “About George” page on his campaign website states: “George’s grandparents fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during WWII.”

But the website lists Santos’ maternal grandparents as having both been born in Brazil before the Nazis rose to power — his grandfather, Paulo Horta Devolder, in 1918, and his grandmother, Rosalina Caruso Horta Devolder, in Rio, in 1927.

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Yesterday a separate Jewish outlet speculated that Santos has lied about Jewish on his mother’s side as she had the very Catholic first name “Fatima” and her obituary made no reference to being Jewish.

Santos campaigned heavily in Jewish neighborhoods, claiming to be part of their communities. He also appeared at events for Jewish Republicans.

Per the above-linked report, his late mother “liked” multiple Catholic groups on Facebook and shared posts about Jesus.