Wanda Jakubowska

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Wanda Jakubowska
BirthplaceWarsaw, Poland
Film director
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Jakubowska, Wanda


Born Oct. 10, 1907, in Warsaw. Polish motion-picture director. Member of the Polish United Workers’ Party since 1942.

Jakubowska studied in the art history department of the University of Warsaw. She helped found StART, an association of progressive film directors, in 1930. In 1939 she made a film version of E. Orzeszkowa’s novel On the Neman (never released). She took part in the Polish resistance movement and was an inmate of the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Ravensbrück.

In 1948, Jakubowska completed her greatest work, The Last Stage, one of the first films about the fascist death camps. She also made the films Soldier of Victory (1953), The Confession (1955), Good-bye to the Devil (1956), King Matthias I (1958), The End of Our World (1964), and Hot Line (1965).

Jakubowska received the State Prize of the People’s Republic of Poland in 1953 and 1964.


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Screening Auschwitz: Wanda Jakubowska's The Last Stage and the Politics of Commemoration
This work for scholars and general readers examines the making of a 1948 Polish film called The Last Stage (also known as The Last Stop), directed by Auschwitz survivor Wanda Jakubowska. Drawing on Polish sources and archival material, the book offers a wealth of details on the filmAEs production and discussion of the filmAEs influence on later American films about the Holocaust, such as SophieAEs Choice and SchindlerAEs List.