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The Pianist

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Parker Payne

on 22 March 2013

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The Pianist Location The Pianist takes place in the Warsaw Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. By: Parker Payne Summary The Pianist is about a Polish Jew, Wladyslaw Szpilman surviving throuought Would War II in Warsaw, Poland in the Jewish Ghetto. Szpilman and his family with the rest of the Jews in the Ghetto are about to be put on a train to go to a death camp, when a Jewish police officer, Itzchak Heller, recognizes Szpilman, and pulls him out of the crowd going on the train, and saves his life. He then tells Szpilman to go into hiding, where he then starts to work, and run in hiding. When he ends up in a ruined German house, he gets caught trying to open a can. Wilm Hosenfeld finds him, and tells him to play a piece on the piano. Afterwards, Hosenfeld helps Szpilman hide in the attic of the house. The Russians finally enter Warsaw, and take over the Germans. Szpilman is then noticed by a Russian wearing a German coat Hosenfeld gave him, and the Russians think Szpilman is a German. He then tells the Russians that he is Polish, and they take him back to Russia. Szpilman then returns to Warsaw, where he returns to the Polish Radio, and lived there for the rest of his life. Władysław Szpilman Wladyslaw Szpilman was born on December 5th, 1911. When he moved to Warsaw, Poland, he played piano on the Polish Radio. He grew up with his family in Warsaw. The Jews in Warsaw where then put into a "Jewish District" known as the Warsaw Ghetto. There he was confined with the most minimal living conditions. The Jews in the district were then being put on a train to an extermination camp, Treblinka. He was then pulled out of the crowd by a Jewish police officer, Itzchak Heller, who saves his life, and sends Szpilman to work as a laborer. While he is working, he smuggles weapons over the Ghetto wall to help with the "Jewish Uprising" by the Jews still hiding inside the Ghetto. Szpilman is then forced into hiding when the camp is liberated, and with the help of fellow musicians, he is moved around the Ghetto in different flats trying to stay alive. After the "Jewish Uprising", Szpilman goes wandering around Warsaw in search of food. He finds a can of water inside a German house, and tries to open it. He then gets caught by a German Captain, Wilm Hosenfeld. Szpilman then goes into the piano room in the house, and plays Chopin's Ballad No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23. Hosenfeld then helps Szpilman hide in the attic of the house, bringing him bread, and a can opener to open the can. The Germans then get taken over by the Russians that enter Warsaw, and when Szpilman goes outside wearing a German coat the Hosenfeld gave him, the Russians think he is a German. He later tells them that he is Polish. Szpilman later goes back to playing on the Polish Radio. During the time he was working for the Polish Radio, Szpilman wrote around 500 pieces and symphonic movements. Wladyslaw Szpilman died on July 6th, 2000 in Warsaw Poland at the age of 88. Wilm Hosenfeld Wilm Hosenfeld was a German Captain in World War II born on May 2nd, 1895. He was known for helping many Jews survive the Holocaust. He always wrote in his diary, and wrote about the horrific things that the Germans did to Jews, and he wrote that he would try to save as many as possible. Because his position was so high, he could pretty much do whatever he wanted to. One of the things he did was help Jews recieve job papers. He is well known around the world for his help hiding Wladyslaw Szpilman. When the Russians took over Warsaw, Hosenfeld and many other Germans were captured and sent to labor camps in Russia. Wilm Hosenfeld died on August 15th, 1952 in a prisoner-of-war camp in Russia, which people think he died from torture he recieved that day. Peronal Reaction I would give "The Pianist" a 10++++++++++. This book is probably one of my favorites. Beside the fact that I play piano and I was able to connect to Szpilman that way, I really like the story in the book. While you would read this book, you could picture in his mind the struggle and hardships surviving in the ghetto, and then finding ways to survive outside. The ways Szpilman was able to stay hidden throuought World War II was remarkable.
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