Gene Gutowski

Gene Gutowski born as Witold Bardach (May 7, 1925 in Lwów, Poland (now Ukraine)) Son of Julius Bardach (Lawyer) and Anna Bardach nee Garfunkel (Concert Pianist). Gene Gutowski is most known as a Polish-American film producer having produced many of Roman Polanski's films. Son of Julius and Anna Bardach, Witold Bardach and his family lived in Rawa Ruska from 1933 until the beginning of war in 1939 when the Bardach family moved to Lwów where under Soviet occupation Witold Bardach began his studies as sculptor at the Institute of Plastic Arts. In 1941 the Germans occupied Lwów and a year later his entire family who has lived there for generations was killed, Witold escaped to Warsaw where he took on the name 'Eugene Gutowski'. He first worked for a photographer and later as an employee of the Junkers factory at Okęcie Airport, secretly removing Luftwaffe radio-transmitters for delivery to the Polish underground army (Armia Krajowa) Escaping from the Gestapo at 18 he became the head of a construction company working for the Organisation Todt in Riga, Latvia and was later evacuated to Germany at the end of 1944.


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