Timeline of Jerzy Grotowski’s life and creative work


September 1939

Following the outbreak of the Second World War, the Grotowski family is split, as it would prove, forever. Marian Grotowski, serving in the Polish army, is interned in Romania while Emilia Grotowska escapes with her sons to Ukraine before later reaching Przemyśl.

October or November 1939

Warned by a Soviet officer that they could face deportation, Emilia and her sons cross the border and reach Rzeszów, then under German occupation, where they move in with relatives.