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Wanda Jakubowska

Wanda Jakubowska

Film director
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Intro Film director
Countries Poland
Occupations Film director Screenwriter Educator
Gender female
Birth October 10, 1907 (Warsaw)
Death February 25, 1998 (Warsaw)
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Wanda Jakubowska (10 October 1907 in Warsaw – 25 February 1998 in Warsaw) was a Polish film director.


During World War II, she was a prisoner in Auschwitz. After the war, she made the movie Ostatni etap (The Last Stage) in 1947. The film was partly shot on location at Auschwitz concentration camp. The film is based on her personal experiences as a prisoner at Auschwitz. She claimed that what helped her to survive Auschwitz was constantly thinking about the documentation of her experiences.

She was a professor at the National Film School in Łódź (1949-1974).

Selected filmography

  • Biały mazur (1979) (The White Mazurka)
  • Żołnierz zwycięstwa (1953) (Soldier of Victory)
  • The Last Stage (1947) (Ostatni etap)
  • The Sea (1933) (Morze)


  • Grand Prix - Crystal Globe for The Last Stage at the 3rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1948.
  • International Peace Prize for The Last Stage in 1950.

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