Jan Marcin Szancer

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Jan Marcin Szancer
Born(1902-11-12)12 November 1902
Died21 March 1973(1973-03-21) (aged 70)
NationalityPolish Jewish
Spouse(s)Zofia Sykulska-Szancerowa
Memorial plaque for Jan Marcin Szancer on the house in Karowa Street, Warsaw, where he used to live

Jan Marcin Szancer (12 November 1902 – 21 March 1973) was a Polish illustrator, scenographer and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.[1]

Born into a Jewish family in Kraków.[2] He studied at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts, and later in France and Italy.

He was a friend of Jan Brzechwa many of whose poems he illustrated.

Szancer illustrated over 200 books, including Henryk Sienkiewicz's Trilogy, Adam Mickiewicz's Pan Tadeusz and Brzechwa's Pan Kleks series. Beginning in May 1945, he was the editor and cover-illustrator of the children's magazine Świerszczyk. He was the first (post World War II) artistic director for Telewizja Polska, the Polish broadcasting organization.

The "Crooked House of Sopot" (Polish: Krzywy Domek) is based on one of his drawings.[3]

"The Crooked House of Sopot", based on one of Szancer's drawings.


  1. ^ Jan Marcin Szancer at the Internet Polish Movie Database (in Polish)
  2. ^ Tarnów: podnieśli z ruiny żydowski grobowiec
  3. ^ Krzywy Domek (in Polish)

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