Jacek Rotmil

Jacek Rotmil (1888–1944) was a Russian-born art director and production designer who worked on 100 films during his career Following the First World War, Rotmil entered the booming German film industry and worked prolifically until 1933. Following the Nazi rise to power Rotmil went into exile in Poland where he was employed frequently on Polish and Yiddish productions. He had first become involved in the Polish film industry in 1930 when working on the sound version of the Polish film Exile to Siberia in Berlin.[1]

Jacek Rotmil
Born24 November 1888
Died31 July 1944
Other namesJacques Rotmil
OccupationArt director
Production designer
Years active1919–1940

After the Germans took over Poland in 1939, Rotmil went into hiding. He was later arrested and executed in Pawiak prison shortly before the Warsaw Uprising.[2] He was one of a large number of Polish film personnel to die during the Second World War.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. Skaff p.139
  2. Haltof p.12
  3. Skaff p.185


  • Haltof, Marek. Polish Film and the Holocaust: Politics and Memory. Berghahn Books, 2012.
  • Skaff, Sheila. The Law of the Looking Glass: Cinema in Poland, 1896–1939. Ohio University Press, 2008.

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