Jan Stanisław Mar
Poet, prose writer and journalist well-known before the war, was born in Płock as Marian Stanisław Lewin on October 20, 1878 in the family of a merchant, Bernard Lewin and Anna née Grynbaum. He completed his higher education in Switzerland, France and Italy. He was the author of a short story entitled “Bronka”, poetry pieces that appeared in the pages of “Kurier Codzienny”, “Przegląd Poranny” and “Kurier Warszawski”, as well as columns of, among others, “Kurier Poranny” and “Przegląd Wieczorny”. He edited and published a humorous and satirical weekly entitled “Grzmot” [“Thunder”]. He wrote the novels “Samotni” [“Loners”], “Historia dwojga ludzi i jednego filistra” [“The Story of Two People and One Philistine”], “Kawalerowie księżyca” [“Knights of the Moon”] and a volume of poetry entitled “Struny” [“Strings”]. He was associated with the Warsaw cabaret theater ‘Momus’ as well as the ‘Chochlik’ cabaret. In 1917 he became director of the ‘Czarny Kot’ cabaret, and in the following year of ‘Argus’. In 1925 he became the director of the Eldorado Theater. His stage pieces appeared in the collection entitled “Monologi”. He was one of the founders of the Society of Authors and Stage Composers (“ZAiKS”), which was established in 1918, along with, among others, Julian Tuwim. In 1928, he prepared a “Commemorative Book, published on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of ZAiKS Society of Authors and Stage Composers (1918-1928)”.
In 1942, he was murdered by the Nazis for hiding Jews in his apartment at 14 Lelewela Street.