Joanna Olczak-Ronikier

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Joanna Olczak-Ronikier
2008.06.22. Andrzej Wajda and Joanna Olczak Ronikier Fot Mariusz Kubik.JPG
Joanna Olczak-Ronikier with Andrzej Wajda in 2008
Born Joanna Olczak
(1934-11-12) 12 November 1934 (age 83)
Warsaw, Poland
Occupation novelist
Citizenship Poland
Notable works W ogrodzie pamięci
Korczak. Próba biografii

Joanna Olczak-Roniker (born 12 November 1934) is a Polish writer[1] and scenarist, co-founder of the Piwnica pod Baranami cabaret in Kraków.


Joanna Olczak was born on 12 November 1934 in Warsaw to a Polish-Jewish family,[2] as a daughter of Tadeusz Olczak and Hanna Mortkowicz (1905–1968), famous poet and writer. Her maternal grandmother Janina de domo Horwitz (1875–1960) also was a writer, while her husband Jakób Mortkowicz (1876–1931) was a book publisher.[2] Joanna Olczak-Ronikier is also related with Maksymilian Horwitz, a politician, and Kamilla Kancewicz, a doctor.

In 1994 she wrote a monograph about Piwnica pod Baranami and four years later a biography od Piotr Skrzynecki, founder of this cabaret. Olczak-Ronikier is also an author of many dramas, including Ja-Napoleon (Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw; 1968) and Z biegiem lat, z biegiem dni... (Teatr Stary, Cracow; 1978).

In 2002 her memoir about her family's history W ogrodzie pamięci won the Nike Award and in 2011 she received the Klio Award for Janusz Korczak biography, Korczak. Próba biografii.

She was married twice: with a German journalist Ludwig Zimmerer (1924–1987), they had one daughter, Katarzyna Zimmerer (born in 1961); and with a Polish translator Michał Ronikier (born in 1939).


  1. ^ "Joanna Olczak-Ronikier, In the Garden of Memory". Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Joanna Olczak-Ronikier (2002). W ogrodzie pamięci. Warsaw.