Marian Marzynski

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Marian Marzynski
BornMarian Kuszner
(1937-04-12) April 12, 1937 (age 81)
Warsaw, Poland
ResidenceBoston, MA
Occupationdocumentary filmmaker
Years active1951-2013
Notable workNever Forget to Lie, Shtetl
Spouse(s)Grazyna Marzynski

Marian Marzynski (born Marian Kuszner; 12 April 1937)[1] is a Polish Jewish documentary filmmaker.[2][3]


Marzynski, a child survivor of the holocaust, has spent more than 40 years working in the media. He began in his native country of Poland as a journalist and popular television show host, developing such television hits as Tournament of Towns. In 1969 he moved to Denmark,[1] and subsequently to the United States after being offered a job in the newly formed film department of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he pursued his enduring passion for documentary film. A wry observer of life, Marzynski has worked alongside fellow Jewish Polish director Roman Polanski as well as taught young American filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant and Jean de Segonzac at RISD. His FRONTLINE documentaries include Never Forget to Lie (2013), A Jew Among the Germans (2005), Shtetl (1996), After Gorbachev's USSR (1992), Betting on the Lottery (1990), My Retirement Dreams (1988), and Welcome to America (1984).

Marian Marzynski was selected as a Guggenheim fellow in 1982, and won an Emmy Award for his documentary work in both 1986 and 1990. [4]


Marzynski married Grazyna, an architect.[5]


Marzynski has won the following awards:[6]

  • '97 Silver Baton for Excellence in Radio/Television Journalism, duPont- Columbia University (Shtetl)
  • '96 First Prize, Jerusalem International Film Festival (Shtetl)
  • '96 Grand Prix at the Cinema Du Reel - Paris, France (Shtetl)
  • '92 George Polk Award in broadcasting journalism (Inside Gorbachev's USSR)
  • '91 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Golden Baton for excellence in broadcasting journalism (Inside Gorbachev's USSR)
  • '91 Retirement Research Foundation Media Award (God Bless America and Poland, Too)
  • '90 Emmy Award for producing a Documentary (Messenger to Poland)
  • '86 Emmy Award for writing in Documentary (Out of the Shadows)
  • '82 Guggenheim Fellowship in Documentary Filmmaking
  • '67 Silver Dragon (To Be)
  • '66 Bronze Hobby-Horse of Cracow (Before the Tournament)
  • '66 Silver Dragon (Before the Tournament)
  • '64 Golden Dragon (Return of the Ship)
  • '64 Golden Hobby-Horse of Cracow (Return of the Ship)



Marzynski has directed the following films:[6]

  • Never Forget to Lie / Frontline (2013)
  • Jewish Blues (2011)
  • A Jew Among the Germans / Frontline (2005)
  • Anya (In and Out of Focus) (2004)
  • Ja, Gombro (2004)
  • Patriots Day / American Experience (2004)
  • Pol Pot's Shadow / Frontline (2002)
  • The Killer's Trail: The Story of Dr. Sam Sheppard / Nova (1999)
  • My Retirement Dreams / Frontline (1998)
  • Shtetl / Frontline (1996)
  • Mysterious Crash of Flight 201 / Nova (1993)
  • Fra Hofteatret: Sorte øjne (1974)
  • Day X (1967)
  • To Be (1967)
  • Parent-Teacher Conference (1967)
  • Before the Tournament (1966)
  • We Apologize for All Inconveniences (1966)
  • The Auction (1965)
  • Farewell to Fatherland (1964)
  • Return of the Ship (1964)


  1. ^ a b Marzyński, Marian in the Polish person database.
  2. ^ Intercultural Alliances: Critical Transformation, edited by Mary Jane Collier, page 195, SAGE
  3. ^ Film and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films, Continuum International Publishing Group, Aaron Kerner, pages 222-224
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "Marian Marzynski". Boston Review. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Marian Marzynski". IMDB. Retrieved 18 September 2013.

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