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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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To commemorate National Holocaust Remembrance Week, FRONTLINE revisits a family "shtetl," a small village in Bransk, Poland, with producer and Polish-born Jew, Marian Marzynski, who as a child escaped the Warsaw ghetto and was raised by Catholics. The film tells the homecoming story of two elderly Polish-American Jews who return to their families' shtetl, where 2,500 Jews lived before most were sent to Treblinka's gas chambers. They were aided by a Gentile with a curiosity for Jewish history. The film captures these pilgrims as they face old neighbors -- some who were betrayers, others who were saviors -- and farmers who have turned their ancestors' gravestones into grindstones.

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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Shtetl,” GBH Archives, accessed December 8, 2022,
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