Baiul returned to her native Ukraine in 2003 to re-establish contact with her father, whom she had barely known as a child and had last seen at her mother’s funeral when she was 13. While there, her paternal grandmother informed her that her mother’s side was Jewish. Baiul’s response was full acceptance.
“I always knew it in my heart,” she said.
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