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ASPEC members featured in critically-acclaimed film

 Ed and Halina Herman

2013 is the year commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Halina and Edward Herman are members of ASPEC. They are also both child Holocaust survivors, born in Warsaw, Poland. Halina survived the war living with a Christian family, Edward survived the Warsaw ghetto, a hell on earth. In August 2011, Ed and Halina travelled back to Warsaw for the first time after an absence of 68 years, to attend the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. It was their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

While in Poland, they and several of the other Survivors, became a part of the film “Never Forget to Lie,” directed by Marian Marzynski , which addresses the wartime experiences of a number of children who survived the Holocaust.  The film retraces the years of their lost childhoods. It revisits some of the locations where they were hiding during the war. It explores childhood feelings about the war years in Poland, reawakens old suppressed memories, bringing back the pain and suffering endured during the war years. It explores the ramifications of identities forged under circumstances where survival began with the directive to the children“Never Forget to Lie”.

The film has become critically-acclaimed with a series of theater showings across the US, including St. Petersburg, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami as well as in various European capital cities.

The film will be shown locally at the Baywalk Muvico Theater in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday, February 11 at 7:30 pm, and will be broadcast on PBS Frontline on April 30, 2013.

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Director 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, initially in Poland, where during the '60s he was one of the pioneers of "cinema verite." For the last 30 years Marzynski has worked  in the United States.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1982 and won two Emmy Awards for his documentaries.  He is a major contributor to such PBS series as The American Experience, NOVA and Frontline. Several of his previous films have dealt with the subject of the Holocaust. These include Return to Poland (1982), and Jewish Mother (1984). The three hour long film Shtetl (1996), became the most important work of his career. In 2005 he produced a film for Frontline, called A Jew Amongst the Germans---the story of building a memorial in Berlin to the murdered Jews of Europe.

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