- Marian Marzynski was born in Poland and survived the Holocaust as a Jewish child hidden by Christians.
- He has been making documentary films for over 50 years, first in Poland,- where- during the ’60s he was one of the pioneers of cinema verite, then in Denmark, and for the last 30 years in the United States.
- In Never Forget to Lie, the most recent of Marzynski’s critically-lauded autobiographical films, the director explores, for the first time, his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors, teasing out their feelings about Poland, the Catholic Church, and the ramifications of identities forged under circumstances where survival began with the directive “never forget to lie.”
What We Thought:
- Marian Marzynski is known for his documentaries on The Holocaust, but I had never seen any of them until now.
- Never Forget to Lie is a one-hour special produced by Frontline that features the director interviewing adult survivors of The Holocaust.
- The approach is effective, because rather than just another narrated film about the atrocities committed in World War II, we get to hear moving first-hand accounts of what went on.
- This isn’t the easiest film in the world to watch.
- The running time of one hour (like most Frontline specials) is perfect. It’s enough time to get emotionally investred, but short enough to prevent you from being completely emotionally drained by the sheer weight of it all.
- Overall, this is a good documentary, and it would also make a great aide for history teachers.
- There are no extra features.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Directed by Marian Marzynski
Recommended if You Like:
- War-themed documentaries
- History in general
- Schindler’s List
Extra Features: None