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He also directed Oliver Twist (2005), a story which parallels his own life as a "young boy attempting to triumph over adversity".
and were living there when World War II began with the invasion of Poland.
Kraków was soon occupied by the German forces, and Nazi racial purity laws made the Polańskis targets of persecution, forcing them into the Kraków Ghetto, along with thousands of the city's Jews.
Around the age of six, he attended primary school for only a few weeks, until "all the Jewish children were abruptly expelled," writes biographer Christopher Sandford.
Polanski then witnessed both the ghettoization of Kraków's Jews into a compact area of the city, and the subsequent deportation of all the ghetto's Jews to concentration camps, including watching as his father was taken away. Some women were being herded along it by German soldiers.
His efforts to blend into a Catholic household failed miserably at least once, when the parish priest visiting the family posed questions to him one-on-one about the catechism: "You aren't one of us", he said.
He was released from prison after serving 42 days, and as part of an apparent plea bargain, was to be put on probation.
When he learned that the judge had changed his mind and planned to reject the plea bargain, he fled to Paris before sentencing.
He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two BAFTAs, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France.
In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965).