Polanski tried getting closer to his father to ask him what was happening, and managed to get within a few yards.His father saw him, but afraid his son might be spotted by the German soldiers, whispered (in Polish), "Get lost!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.
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.
That initiative was soon followed by the requirement that all Jewish children over the age of twelve wear white armbands with a blue Star of David imprinted for visual identification.
When he learned that the judge had changed his mind and planned to reject the plea bargain, he fled to Paris before sentencing.
In Europe, Polanski continued to make films, including Tess (1979), starring aspiring actress Nastassja Kinski.
He made Macbeth (1971) in England and back in Hollywood, Chinatown (1974), which was nominated for eleven Academy Awards.
He was released from prison after serving 42 days, and as part of an apparent plea bargain, was to be put on probation.
A turning point in his life took place in 1969, when his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and four friends were brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family.
Following her death, Polanski returned to Europe and eventually continued directing.
After he was expelled, he would not be allowed to enter another classroom for the next six years. Then I realized why the street had emptied so quickly.