His funeral takes place on the 19th of March. Apart from his close family, Polish friends and colegues it’s attended by Marin Karmitz, Juliette Binoche, Irene Jacob. Fr. Prof Józef Tishner delivers the homily.
He died on March 13th from a heart atack during the operation.
On March 12, he is admitted the Warsaw Central Military Hospital for coronary bypass surgery.
On February 22 he participates in a discussion on his work, which takes place in Poznan.
Along with Zbigniew Preisner and Krzysztof Piesiewicz he designed an outdoor show on the Acropolis.
He learns he is awarded the European Media Prize, but he will never collect it.
In August, during his stay at a resort in Mazury, Kieslowski suffers an extensive myocardial infarction. He is admitted to the hospital in Szczytno, and later transported to Warsaw.
After his post-infarction recovery, Kieslowski resumes his teaching position at the Lodz film school.
In May, in Poręby, Mazury, Kieślowski’s longtime assistant Krzysztof Wierzbicki makes a biographical film about the creator of „The Decalogue” titled „I’m so, so…”.
In Warsaw, the German documentary filmmaker Andreas Vogt recorded conversations with Kieslowski.
During the summer Kieslowski lectures in Amsterdam at acting workshops, organized by the European Film Academy.
Early in the year, after a massive support effort from leading american filmmakers (including Jody Foster, Martin Scorsese, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro), the movie “Red” is approved to apply for an Oscar. The movie receives three nominations – for best director, best original screenplay and best picture. Soon Kieslowski becomes a member of the American Film Academy. He also receives the French Order of Arts and Letters.
The script for a new triptych by Kieślowski and Piesiewicz is outlined – „Paradise”, „Hell”, „Purgatory”.
The director breaks his arm during a shi trip in Switzerland.
In April in the Danish capital he receives the Sonning Prize, granted to him by the University of Copenhagen, and in Wittenberg – from Johannes Rau – the German award “Bibel und Kultur”.
At the International Cannes Film Festival movie “Red”, viewed as the front-runner for the Golden Palm, does not receive any awards. The jury prize honors the brutal “Pulp Fiction” dir. Quentin Tarantino.
In Italy, France and the UK, books are published dedicated to “The Decalogue”, “Three colors”, and numerous analysis of the entire work of the Polish director.
French TV station La Sept/ Arte produces two documentaries with Kieślowski’s participation: „Cinema Lessons” and „Conversations around the „Decalogue” (Dominique Rabourdin and Andrzej Wolski).
The first Polish book about Kieślowski is published („Kieślowski without end”) – comprised among others of recorded interviews conducted by S. Zawiśliński).
Participates in viewings of his films in the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Great Britan, Switzerland, the Chech Republic, Scandinavia and other countries.
After returning to Poland he takes a teaching position in the Lodz Film School.
Recieves honorary membership of the Britsh Film Institute.
He teaches filmmaking courses in Western Europe (including Helsinki and Italy).
Mentors several students at the Lodz Film School.
It supports the initiators of the international cinematographers festival “Cammerimage”
In February the film “White” won the Silver Lions at the International Film Festival in Berlin. There Kieslowski participates in a well publicized discussion with Wim Wenders.
Realization of the “Three Colors” triptych. Filmed in France, Poland and Switzerland, with an international film crew.
MK2 distributed the triptych to 53 countries.
In September, at the International Venice Film Festival the film “Blue” receives the grand prize – the Golden Lions.
After the festival Kieslowski suddenly announces he will not create any more movies. In later interviews he repeatedly confirms the finality of the decision:
“I do not want to be a slave to my profession. It seems to me that I got more from life then I deserve … At some point you have to say enough is enough. I think that moment has come…”
In London the first edition of the directors autobiography is published, titled “Kieślowski on Kieślowski” (ed. Danusia Stok, pub. Faber@Faber).
Receives the french Order of Arts and Letters.
He moves to Paris, where he writes scripts and and prepares for the “Three Colors” triptych, the main producer is Marin Karmitz and his MK2 company.
The premiere of “The Double Life of Veronique” takes place at the International Film Festival in Cannes and the film receives the FIPRESCI Prize, and the leading actress – Irene Jacob is awarded the acting prize.
In the US, Kieslowski is the winner of the Independent Spirit and NSFC (National Society of Film Critics) awards.
In March signs a contract with Leonardo de la Fuete to direct “The Double Life of Veronique”.
Ken Wlaschin from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles calls Kieślowski the “Citizen Kane” of our time after viewing “The Decalogue”.
To promote his films Kieslowski takes numerous trips all over Europe, as well as the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Latin America.
In autumn he starts filming “The Double Life of Veronique” in France and in Poland (mostly in Krakow).
In February Kieślowski (together with Krzysztof Piesiewicz) receives the prestigious Premio Flaiano award for “The Decalogue” scenarios.
In October, a large retrospective of his films take place in Turin. The first monograph on his work is published.
In September, the world premier of “The Decalogue” takes place at the International Film Festival in Venice. Dispite being presented out of competition it is hailed as the biggest event of the festival and recieves the FIPRESCI award. It is the first in a long list of prizes awarded to Kieślowski at numerous prestigious festivals (including Montreal, San Sebastian, Dunkirk, Sao Paulo and Chicago).
Polish Television later sell “The Decalogue” to distributors in over 75 countries.
In autumn Kieślowski travels with “A Short Film About Killing” and “A Short Film About Love” all over the USA and Latin America.
In May he the a member of the jury at the International Film Festival in Cannes.
As a result of general elections on June 4, the first non-communist government is formed in Poland, headed by Tadeusz Mazowiecki.
As a result of the “round table” talks, Poland undergoes a fundamental political change.
During this period, Kieślowski assembled the remaining episodes of the TV series “The Decalogue”, and finished his last documentary “Seven Days a Week”, inspired by Dutch producer Dick Rijneke’s “City Life” series.
In December, for “A Short Film About Killing” Kieslowski receives a Felix at the European Film Awards.
In October, in Paris, a widely advertised presentation of “Short Film About Killing”, “No End”, “Camera Buff “and “Blind Chance” take place. “Sensational Kieslowski”, “A real find – Kieslowski” – advertise critics.
In September, the second of the cinematic episodes of “The Decalogue” – “A Short Film About Love” received the Jury Prize for best director, and the FIPRESCI prize at the International Film Festival in San Sebastian.
In May, the movie is awarded the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI award at the International Film Festival in Cannes.
Kieslowski is a guest at many festivals – including Rotterdam, Toronto, Montreal, Istanbul.
In Mulheim (Germany) an overview of KK’s work takes place.
In March, the Polish premiere of the first cinematic episode of “The Decalogue” – “A Short Film About Killing” is held.
In January 1987 Polish Television decides to go forward with the production of the 10 episode television series “Decalogue”. Kieslowski also obtained governmental approval to produce two episodes (V and VI – “Short Film About Love” and “Short Film About Killing) in cinematic versions. Filming began in March.
In the Catholic monthly magazine “General Overview” a lampoon of the director appears.
Some former colleagues – for various reasons – refuse to cooperate with the director on “The Decalogue”.
Production of all the episodes of “The Decalogue” lasted – with small breaks – almost two years.
“Blind Chance”, after a six years ‘grace period’, is allowed in Polish cinemas. However it is mainly shown in film clubs. It’s also presented out of competition at many festivals – including Cannes, Amsterdam, Moscow.
At the Film Festival in Gdansk Kieslowski’s script for “Blind Chance” receives an award.
In view of the numerous foreign trips of Krzysztof Zanussi he practically leads the team of “Tor”. It is the artistic supervisor of feature film debuts of, among others, Magda Łazarkiewicz, Tomasz Szadkowski, Maciej Dejczer.
Together with Edward Żebrowski he starts teaching film courses in Switzerland, and later also in Austria.
The scenarios for “Decalogue” arouse controversy among the reviewers.
He participates in the International Film Festival in Amsterdam.
In June, the official premiere of “No End” is held. The film is distributed only in select theaters. Polish critics representing various political views sharply attack the director. The public is more kind.
Some time after the hostile reception of “No End” Kieslowski declares: “I want to be independent of any power (ie. government, Church, the opposition – ed. SZ). What’s more – if I am to take myself seriously as a director – I have to be independent. Such an approach assumes solitude – to be with none. “
Writes “The Decalogue” scripts with Krzysztof Piesiewicz.
Prepares to realize “No End”.
He meets with “Piwnica pod Baranami” composer Zbigniew Kowalski (soon to change his name to Preisner) and proposes cooperation.
Repeatedly rejects a proposal received from the government to lead the new film team.
With a delegation of Polish filmmakers he travels to Syria, among other places.
In summer and autumn he realizes the feature film “No End” which refers to the events of martial law in Poland. Co-screenwriter is Krzysztof Piesiewicz, author of music – Zbigniew Preisner.
Together with Agnieszka Holland he is invited to teach at directing seminars in Kulturgaus Bethanien in West Berlin. The seminars are organized by Henryk Baranowski, Bettina Wilhelm and Dorota Paciarelli.
The first take place
Kieślowski will teach there until 1990.
He attends several meetings of the cinematographic community concerning the fate of the suspended Polish Filmmakers Association.
Intervenes with the authorities in matters concerning director’s abroad (including Krzysztof Zanussi and Agnieszka Holland).
He works with Michał Żarnecki on the soundtrack for “Blind Chance”.
He writes articles about political developments in the country (for DIP) and analyzing the situation of Polish cinematography.
In autumn he tries to shoot a documentary about the political processes of martial law. Withdraws from development, when it turns out he is only allowed to attend select trials.
At the turn November and December he meets for the first time with attorney Krzysztof Piesiewicz. They soon begin to work closely on a scenario.
Martial law is established in Poland on December 13th.
In the first days after its announcement Kieslowski and his friends try to organize protests.
In August, a car accident killed the director’s mother.
The monthly magazine “Dialog” (No. 1/1981) prints an essay written in autumn 1980 by Kieślowski, a few weeks after the creation of the Polish independent trade union movement “Solidarity”, in which he formulated his new artistic program: “look broadly – see deeply”.
In spring he begins filming the blockbuster film “Blind Chance” and TV movie “View from a Window” (ultimately titled “Short Work Day”). He realizes them simultaneously. Both are stopped by censorship.
During the uprising of “Solidarity” he participates in the works of Committee of Cinematographic Salvation.
He travels to Japan, where his documentaries are shown for the first time (for example in Yamagata).
He completes the documentary „Talking Heads” (honorable mention at the ISFF in Oberhausen) and „Railway Station”. He penns the script for „Blind Chance” and „View from Window”. He colaborates with well-known „Polityka” reporter Hanna Krall.
At the International Film Festival in Chicago ‘Amateur’ won the Golden Hugo award. The film is also presented at a New York festival. Therefore Kieslowski leaves for his first visit to the USA.
In November he is elected vice-president of the Polish Filmmakers Association (Andrzej Wajda was made president). He will hold this position untill 1981. He is appointed deputy head of the production company „Tor”, lead by Krzysztof Zanussi.
In autumn he beging giving lectures to students in the newly established Department of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He will continue his pedagogical career there for the next four years.
For the Television Theater he directs “The Card Index” by Tadeusz Różewicz.
He travels to Paris for a showing of „Amatour”.
He writes analysis of the situation in Poland for the half-legal seminar „Experiance and Future”, he was invited to cooperate with by Witold Zalewski.
He will colaborate with E&F again in the eighties, during the period of martial law.
In September, he receives the Grand Prix award for “Amateur” at the Polish Film Festival in Gdansk.
In July, “Amateur” won the Gold Medal at the International Film Festival in Moscow.
Kieślowski in Poland is regarded as the leader of the “young theater” and a trend called “the cinema of moral anxiety”.
The most famous documentaries in the directors career come to fruition – „From a Night Portier’s Point of View” and „Seven women of Different Ages”, rewarded later at many international documentary film festivals (uncluding in Krakow, Lille and Nyon).
In the autumn in Krakow he begings filming „Camera Buff
Nationwide newspaper „Sztandar Młodych” places Kieślowski on its annual list of „20 Outstanding Young Poles”.
At the XIV International Short Film Festival in Krakow Kieslowski receives the Grand Prix award for his documentary “Hospital”.
Ogólnopolski dziennik „Sztandar Młodych” umieszcza Kieślowskiego na swojej dorocznej liście „20 wybitnych młodych Polaków”.
Na XIV Międzynarodowym Festiwalu Filmów Krótkometrażowych w Krakowie Kieślowski odbiera Grand Prix przyznane za film dokumentalny pt. „Szpital”.
In Krakow’s Stary Theatre he directs the play “Biography”, his own project based on a movie script by the same title.
He teaches students at the acting department of Krakow Theatre School.
In September, Kieslowski’s feature film debut – “The Scar” is awarded the Jury Prize at the Polish Film Festival in Gdansk. The movie is released in December after a year-long battle with cenzorship and cinematographic authorities.
“The Scar” is controversial even among critics, and does not gain traction with viewers as well, it is only viewed by a little over a 100,000 people.
TV movie “The Calm”, directed by Kieślowski soon after „The Scar”, is stopped by cenzors. It will be shown only after the events of August ’80.
In the autum Kieślowski realizes an interventional documentary „I don’t know”, that will be shown sporadically.
For the Television Theatre he directed the play “Two for the Seesaw” by William Gibson
In March, the weekly magazine „Polityka” honors Kieślowski with the annual „Yeast” award, awarded for „cousing creative ferment”.
At the annual Lubuskie Film Summer in Łagow he receives the “Don Quixote”, awarded by the Polish Federation of Film Discussion Clubs for “lifetime achievements, and in particular for the film “Personel”.
In November “Personel” won the Grand Prix award at the International Film Festival in Mannheim.
Kieslowski goes to Western Europe for the first time.
Following the success of “Personnel” at the International Film Festival in Mannheim is further recognition – eg weekly “Film” magazine prize for his directorial debut, jury and journalists prize at the Polish Film Festival in Gdansk (1976), as well the Andrzej Munk Award, granted by the Film School in Łódź.
In June, during the fifteenth National Short Film Festival in Krakow, Kieslowski’s documentary titled “Curriculum Vitae” is awarded the “Bronze Hobby-Horse”, and a few months later highlighted at the Review of Social and Political Film in Lodz. The film raises a number of discussions; it is commented after viewings in DKF and … at party meetings.
Kieslowski did not belong to any political party. In the 70s, he was active only in the Section of Documentary Film and the Youth Circle of the Polish Filmmakers Association.
In January, at the Wrocław Opera, the director begins filming “Personnel” – the television feature film, the screenplay inspired by his own experiences of studying at the Theater Technician Highschool, and work in the theater’s dressing room.
“Curriculum Vitae” is created – another documentary by Kieślowski.
In the spring time near Kielce the documentary series „Lands of Żeromski” are filmed (based on the script of Barbara Wachowicz). Two episodes are finished – „Legend” and „Education” – but never air on TVP.
The breakthrough year in Kieślowski’s career – the documentary “First Love” receives the Grand Prix award at the XIV National and XI International Short Film Festival in Krakow.
Realizes several documentary movies – “Bricklayer”, “x-ray” and “First Love”.
(“Bricklayer” is banned by the censor, it won’t be presented untill 1981).
He partners with „Tor” film studios, headed by Stanisław Różewicz. This cooperation leads to his debut television feature film „Pedestrian Subway”.
(Originally his debut was supposed to be an adaptation of a Kazimierz Orłoś story titled „The Camel”, but the project was cancelled by due to cenzorship restrictions).
In August, the daughter of Maria and Krzysztof Kieślowski – Marta – is born.
Kieślowski recieves his first independent apartment (in a new housing project on Czerniakowska in Warsaw). Soon after he drafts a documentary titled „Housing” – just like several of his ideas from that time – was not accepted neither by the WFD, nor television.
He realizes a short, sarcastic, ironic documentary about a funeral house titled „Chorus”, and two commisioned movies: promocional – „Between Wrocław and Zielona Góra” and instructional – „The Principles of Safety and Hygiene in a Copper Mine ”.
The directs a half-hour spectacle titled „Szach Szachowi” (based on work by Stefan Zweiga) for Teatr Telewizji.
At the XI National Short Film Festival in Cracow, “I was a soldier” receives two destinctions, while „Factory” is awarded „The Worker’s Voice”, for being the movie „most engaged in contemporary issues”.
Kieślowski is among the „angry youth”, for formulate the manifesto of the „new documentary”.
The „Ekran” magazine pubishes Kieślowski’s article titled „
in which he demands
and criticizes the system prevailing in television.
Through the pages of the weekly „Polityka” sweeps a loud discussion between „new documentalists” with renowned ciritic Zygmunt Kałużyński. He accuses the younger generation – especially Kieślowski – of lack of formality, eclecticism, lack of „balanced viewpoints” and workshop maturity. „We are interested in places where seemingly everything is working properly, but within lies a concealed disease. We want the object of our observation – a living, real person – to become the backbone of moral, ethical and worldview generalizations.” – declared in a polemic Kieślowski, Zygadło and Kisiński.
In the autumn, it was them who tried, along with a large team of collegues, to reflect „the real problems of the working class”. Their hour long documentary titled „Workers ’71”, was heavily censored, and the author’s cut was never distrubuted.
In April he recieves a full-time position as assistant director at the Documentary Film Studio.
Realizes documentaries „Factory” and „Before the Rally”.
In February he defends his diploma film titled „Film and the dramaturgy of reality” (supervisor – prof. Jerzy Bossak). He is awarded the title Master of Arts.
He realizes his diplom: a documentary film „From the City of Łódź” in the Warsaw Wytwórnia Filmow Dokumentalnych (mentoring: dir. Kazimierz Karabasz).
He works with the military film studio „Czołówka”, where he is preparing a documentary called „I was a soldier”.
In November he starts his first job, at Spółdzielcza Wytwórnia Filmowa. There he realizes short commercials.
Together with collegues reports an initiative to form Studio Młodych K. Irzykowskiego (the idea will not be realized untill 1981)
Graduates in June.
Films a documentary titled „The Photograph” for television.
Participates in the student protests of March ’68; unsuccessfully trying to defend jewish professors being let go from universities.
In June, near Łódź and near Warsaw he films a feature student film etuide titled „Concert of Requests”.
On January 21st in Warsaw he marries Maria Cautillo. The wedding takes place in Irena Lorentowicz s apartment, a befriended lecturer from his highschool.
In October he meets Maria Cautillo, a second-year student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. After a few weeks he proposes to her.
In the summer he interns in Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych in Warsaw.
Assists in the making of the feature film „Contribution”.
Under the suppervision of director Wanda Jakubowska and operator Kazimierz Konrad he realizes his first student film etudes – „Tramway” and „The Office”.
“The Office” recieves distinction at the student film festival in Warsaw. This is the first award in Kieślowski s career.
Successfully completes his first year of study. He takes alot of photographs. Some of the photographs he manages to sell to local newspapers, and one makes it to the cover of a national magazine „Woman and Life”.
Assists in creating the documentary „Ab Urbe Condita” directed by Jan Łomnicki.
In July he attempts to get into PWSTiF film school in Łódź for the third time. The third time seems to be the charm. In autumn he moves to Łódź, where he will live and study for the next four years.
In February he is employed as a clerk with responsibility for culture in the District National Council Warsaw-Żoliborz.
In his free time he writes poems and short stories; cooperates with filmmakers – amatours.
With an 8mm camera he realizes short films, that he will later showcase during his egzams to film school.
In September he finishes his sailing course at Kisajno lake near Giżyck and is a licenced sailor. Eleven years later he will recive helmsman papers.
In July he attempts to pass egzams into Łodź film school once again, and fails a second time.
He quits college in the spring.
He lives with his mother and sister in Otrębusy near Warsaw in a rented apartment.
He commutes to Łódź for courses preparing for egzams to film school. Educators suggest to him that he is not a good candidate for director.
He moonlights as a dresser Warsaw s Contemporary Theater. He observes the leading Polish actors. Years later many of them (eg. Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Aleksander Bardini, Tadeusz Łomnicki) star in his movies.
In September he enrolles at Studium Nauczycielskie (college of education), department of artistic education.
In July he attempts and fails to get into university – the directing department at Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna i Filmowa im. Leiona Shillera in Łódź. During the summer he spends his time sailing in Mazury. Together with his friends he bought an old boat; he named her after the well-known playwriter „Sławomir Mrożek”.
He uses a variaty of methods to avoid serving his compulsory military service.
He recieved a deferment.
In September he enrolles at Studium Nauczycielskie (college of education), department of artistic education.
In June he succesfully graduated highschool. He obtained a theatrical technician diploma.
With colleagues Janusz Skaleski and Roman Filutowski, on a borowed amatour camera, he films his first short feature film, titled „Lost Illusions”.
He takes part in school plays.
Krzysztof is passionate about theater and automotive.
For keeping a motor bike in his room he is kicked out of the dormitory.
He moonlights with his friends by painting apartments owned by aquaitances.
He lands on the movie set of „Samson” directed by Andrzej Wajda, but the then suspicious „film kitchen” does not suit him.
February 22 in Sokołowsko, at age 49, dies Roman Kieślowski – the father of Krzysztof. After her husband s death Barbara Kieślowski decides to leave Sokołowsko; she reisdes in Otrębusy near Warsaw, closer to her children.
Untill second grade, he studies decorative painting at PLTT.
He meets Bożenna Skwara. They become an „inseperable pair”. Their love, as their friends recall „was the life of the school”.
Recieves accomodations in „Dziekanka” – a dormitory for art schools on Krakowskie Przedmieście. He shares a room with future well-known painter Wojciech Siudmak.
In October he moves to Warsaw. He is admitted into first grade of highschool in Państwowe Liceum Technik Teatralnych, where his relative – painter and set designer Kazimierz Pręczkowski is the deputy director.
In the school year 1956/57 he attends the first grade of highschool in Wałbrzych.
He lives in lodgings in nearby Zgórz. Due to a conflict with his chemistry teacher, he quits highschool.
In June Krzysztof graduates primary school in Mieroszów. Initially he does not plan to continue his education, later at the suggestion of his father he attempts to continue his education is a fireman school in Wrocław.
He only endures a few months: “I understood that I could not do several things related to the regulations, with trumpets, with whistles” – he confessed in later years.
After Roman Kieślowski returned from a several month stay in a sanatorium in Siewierz, the Kieślowskies move to Sokołowsko, as it will turn out for good, to a house on Głowna 22.
Krzysztof attends primary school in Mieroszów (6 kilometers from Sokołowsko).
His father only has part-time work. His mother is in charge of the social department in the Sokołowsko sanatorium complex.
Krzysztof constantly changes his place of residence, school and surroundings. “Wanders” between Strzemieszyce, Sokołowsko and preventatiriums in Rabka, Wisła and Bukowina Tatrzańska. He regularly writes letters and sends cards to his parents and grandmother Marry in Strzemieszyce.
Krzysztof spends the winter and spring in the tuberculosis preventorium in Rabka. He spends his holidays in Strzemieszyce.
Kieślowscy briefly settle in Sokołowsko. Krzyszrof attends the local primary school. His father is still struggling with tuberculosis, he can t work in his profession.
In June he graduates II grade of primary school. During the holidays the Kieślowscy briefly move from Głubszyce to Leszczyny near Rybnik. Due to advanced tuberculosis Roman Kieślowski must give up work, and undergo hospital treatment. In autumn he is taken to a sanatorium in Siewierz. Krzysztof spends more and more time with his grandmother (from his fathers side) – in Strzemieszyce. That s where he first visits a cinema. He continues his education in Primary School no. 1.
Krzysztof attends first communion on the 18th of May in the Głubszycka parish of Najświętszego Serca Jezusa.
Krzysztof s father oversees the construction of industrial facilities in Kędzierzyna-Koźle. He takes care of the kids when he returns home on Sundays, often traveling by bike.
In September he is enrolled in Głubszycka Primary School no. 1. Because he often suffered from sore through and colds, for is home schooled for almost the entirety of the 1948/49 school year.
On June 6th he graduated kindergarten, where his „intellectual level” is graded as „very good”, and „drawing” and „building” are listed as special skills.
He attends a public kindergarten on Kręta street.
He spends his holidays with his mother and sister in the mountain side (Lądek-Zdrój) and at the sea side.
In June Krzysztof Kieślowski is baptized in the Glubszycka parish of Najświętszego Serca Jezusa.
During the summer of 1945 the Kieślowscy move to Głubczyce, a town of just a few thousand people in Opolska Silesia. They live in a post-german villa. Krzysztofs father is first employed in the Glubszycki Office of Reparations, and after that in local construction companies.
In Febuary when the 1st Ukrainian Front moved closer to pre-war Poland, Kieślowscy left Skałat. They moved to the boarderland of Silesia and Zagłębie, to Strzemieszyce (at present part of the Dąbrowa Górnicza district), where Krzysztof Kieślowskis grandparents and uncles from his fathers side.
During the winter Kieślowcy move from Delatyn to Skałat (at present Bielarus). Roman Kieślowski oversees melioration works. His wife stays home with their son.
Barbara Kieślowskas father, engineer Roman Szonert was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was executed. Fearing repressions, and due to pulmonary disease, Roman Kieślowski plans to leave Warsaw. Mid 1942 with his wife and his one year old son Krzysztof, he manages to reach the Galicja district, a part of the General Government.
For a year the Kieślowscy live in Delatunie (at present Ukraine).
Krzysztofs father works regulating the river Prut.
Ojciec Barbary Kieślowskiej, inżynier Roman Szonert, zostaje wywieziony do obozu koncentracyjnego w Oświęcimiu, gdzie zostaje stracony. W obawie przed represjami, a także z powodu choroby płuc, Roman Kieślowski stara się o wyjazd z Warszawy. W połowie 1942 roku wraz z żoną i rocznym Krzysztofem udaje mu się przedostać do znajdującego się na terenach Generalnej Guberni dystryktu Galicja.
Przez rok Kieślowscy mieszkają w Delatynie (dziś Ukraina).
Ojciec Krzysztofa pracuje przy regulacji rzeki Prut.
27 June in Warsaw – occupied by German forces – Krzysztof Kieślowski is born. His father is 31 year old Roman Kieślowski, engineer; mother – 27 year old Barbara Kieślowska (maiden name Szonert), clerk.
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