How Marcel Marceau Started Miming to Save Children from the Holocaust | Open Culture

Rogues & Vagabonds

Earlier this month, we featured Marcel Marceau, surely the most famous mime ever to live, performing the progression of human life, from birth to death, in four minutes. In the video above, you can watch him using his hands to act out something equally elemental: the battle between good and evil. If we think about the times evil has most notably reared its head, many of our minds go right to the Holocaust — as, no doubt, did Marceau’s, especially since he had first-hand experience with the horror of the Nazis, having lost his father in Auschwitz, and even used the art of mime against it.

The Jewish Marceau (née Mangel) got his first exposure to mime from a Charlie Chaplin film, which he saw at the age of five. Later, when France entered the Second World War, he and his family moved around the country to flee the Nazis, from whom…

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6 thoughts on “How Marcel Marceau Started Miming to Save Children from the Holocaust | Open Culture

  1. I remember him so well from my youth, when I found him a little scary, to be honest. I also recall how confounded my parents were by his miming, which they thought was ridiculous.
    A nice tribute, Sarah.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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