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'Frontline' Features Filmmaker's Holocaust Memories
May 9, 2013  | By Eric Mink
 

I first encountered the work of documentarian Marian Marzynski in the spring of 1996. I watched and reviewed Shtetl, the first film of his personal Holocaust trilogy for PBS’ Frontline, for the New York Daily News and later that year served on the duPont-Columbia Awards jury that honored it with a prestigious Silver Baton.

Born Jewish in Poland in 1937, Marzynski survived the Holocaust as a child. And while he has applied his considerable storytelling skills to other topics over the course of a long career, he has always returned to that shattering foundational experience for raw material.

His new film, Never Forget to Lie, which premieres Tuesday, May 14, on Frontline, does just that. There’s almost a sense of completion to it, as if Marzynski, now 76, might feel that time will preclude another piece of work. Perhaps.

But even as the film ties up some loose ends, it’s also clear that some questions with which Marzynski has wrestled all his life will forever go unanswered — as they must.

The link included here takes you to the column I’ve written for the St. Louis Jewish Light about the new film and Marzynski’s earlier work.

 
 
 
 
 
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