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Friday, March 1, 2013

Training A Camera On Holocaust Childhoods

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski is pictured at the Here & Now studios on Mar. 1, 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski is pictured at the Here & Now studios on Mar. 1, 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Massachusetts filmmaker Marian Marzynski has been making documentaries for five decades. His work has appeared on PBS’s “Frontline,” “Nova” and “The American Experience.”

But though he’s made a number of films about his native Poland, as well as about the Holocaust, he has never until now looked at his own childhood.

Marzynski’s new film “Never Forget to Lie” tells his story. Born Jewish in Poland in 1937, he lived in the Warsaw ghetto for two years and then lived in hiding outside the ghetto for three more.

He survived by being sheltered by non-Jews, as well as Catholic priests. Indeed, for a time he actually served as an altar boy.

The film also tells the story of other child Holocaust survivors, many of whom, like Marzynski, survived by denying their heritage.

The film will be shown on FRONTLINE on April 30th. In the Boston area, there is a screening of the film this Sunday Mar. 3 at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline.

Trailer for “Never Forget To Lie”:


  • Marian Marzynski, documentary filmmaker and Holocaust survivor from Poland.

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