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Wanda Jakubowska

Film director
The basics
Occupation Film director Screenwriter Educator
Country Poland
Date of birth Warsaw
Date of death Feb 25, 1998 Warsaw
Authority IMDB id ISNI id VIAF id Library of congress id
The details

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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