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Still image of the concentration camp fences from the documentary "The Lion of Judah," which tells the story of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's return to Poland. The 81-year-old Cedarhurst resident accompanied a group of young people to visit the site of the some of the atrocities he lived through as a boy. The documentary film has won awards in Los Angeles and Colorado. (August 3, 2012)

LIer Leo Zisman and his Holocaust documentary project

Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman, an 81-year-old Cedarhurst resident, is the central figure in a new documentary film about a group of young Jews he accompanied to Poland so that they could learn firsthand about the horrors.

Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman, in his Cedarhurst home
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Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman, in his Cedarhurst home with his wife, Myrna, is the subject of a new film about his work to keep the history of the Holocaust alive. (Aug. 3, 2012)

A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family.
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A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family. Once, when it appeared that Zisman and his family were about to be sent to a concentration camp, they hid in an underground bunker they built. (Aug. 3, 2012)

A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family.
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A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family. Zisman grew up in Lithuania, and with his family was sent to a Jewish ghetto in that Baltic country shortly after the Nazis invaded in 1941. He was 10 years old. (Aug. 3, 2012)

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A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family.
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A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family. When the family was living in a Jewish ghetto in Lithuania and the Nazis were deciding who in the ghetto would die, his father told Zisman to run, and he escaped for the time being. His father and younger brother did not, and were soon killed. (Aug. 3, 2012)

A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family.
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A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family. Eventually, Zisman was shipped off to several concentration camps and ended up in Auschwitz, where more than 1 million people died. (Aug. 3, 2012)

A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family.
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A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family. Zisman's parents, a brother and a sister were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, and he narrowly escaped death himself. (Aug. 3, 2012)

A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family.
(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

A photograph of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's family. For decades, Zisman rarely spoke out publicly about the mass murder of his fellow Jews, but a new documentary film project featuring him aims to inform younger generations of what happened in the Holocaust. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Leo Zisman, seen here with filmmaker Matt Mindell
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Leo Zisman, seen here with filmmaker Matt Mindell in Zisman's Cedarhurst home, accompanied a group of young Jews to Poland for a documentary about the Holocaust called "The Lion of Judah." (Aug. 3, 2012)

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Still image of the concentration camp fences from
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Still image of the concentration camp fences from the documentary "The Lion of Judah," which tells the story of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman's return to Poland. The 81-year-old Cedarhurst resident accompanied a group of young people to visit the site of the some of the atrocities he lived through as a boy. The documentary film has won awards in Los Angeles and Colorado. (August 3, 2012)

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Still image of the interior of a concentration camp building, from the documentary "The Lion of Judah," which tells the story of Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Still image of Leo Zisman looking at the
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Still image of Leo Zisman looking at the ruins of a Nazi concentration camp, from the documentary "The Lion of Judah." The 81-year-old Cedarhurst resident accompanied a group of people in their 20s and local filmmaker Matt Mindell on a trip to Poland to visit the site of the some of the atrocities he lived through. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Still image of, from left, Michael Sperling, Ivy
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Still image of, from left, Michael Sperling, Ivy Raff and Leo Zisman, from the documentary "The Lion of Judah," which tells Zisman's story of narrowly escaping death in a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. (Aug. 3, 2012)

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Still image of the concentration camp visited by Cedarhurst resident and Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman from the documentary "The Lion of Judah," which tells his story. (Aug. 3, 2012)

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Still image of a Warsaw cemetery from the film "The Lion of Judah," a documentary that tells the story of 81-year-old Long Island resident and Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman. The film has won awards in Los Angeles and Colorado. (Aug. 3, 2012)

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