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The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45 (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Wladyslaw Szpilman
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The last live broadcast on Polish Radio, on September 23, 1939, was Chopin's Nocturne in C# Minor, played by a young pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, until his playing was interrupted by German shelling. It was the same piece and the same pianist, when broadcasting resumed six years later. The Pianist is Szpilman's account of the years inbetween, of the death and cruelty inflicted on the Jews of Warsaw and on Warsaw itself, related with a dispassionate restraint borne of shock. Szpilman, now 88, has not looked at his description since he wrote it in 1946 (the same time as Primo Levi's If This Is A Man?; it is too personally painful. The rest of us have no such excuse.

Szpilman's family were deported to Treblinka, where they were exterminated; he survived only because a music-loving policeman recognised him. This was only the first in a series of fatefully lucky escapes that littered his life as he hid among the rubble and corpses of the Warsaw Ghetto, growing thinner and hungrier, yet condemned to live. Ironically it was a German officer, Wilm Hosenfeld, who saved Szpilman's life by bringing food and an eiderdown to the derelict ruin where he discovered him. Hosenfeld died seven years later in a Stalingrad labour camp, but portions of his diary, reprinted here, tell of his outraged incomprehension of the madness and evil he witnessed, thereby establishing an effective counterpoint to ground the nightmarish vision of the pianist in a desperate reality. Szpilman originally published his account in Poland in 1946, but it was almost immediately withdrawn by Stalin's Polish minions as it unashamedly described collaborations by Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Poles and Jews with the Nazis. In 1997 it was published in Germany after Szpilman's son found it on his father's bookcase. This admirably robust translation by Anthea Bell is the first in the English language. There were 3,500,000 Jews in Poland before the Nazi occupation; after it there were 240,000. Wladyslaw Szpilman's extraordinary account of his own miraculous survival offers a voice across the years for the faceless millions who lost their lives. --David Vincent


“Stunning.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Remarkable...a document of lasting historical and human value.” —Los Angeles Times

“Historically indispensable.” —The Washington Post Book World

“The Pianist is a great book.”—The Boston Globe


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 559 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 225 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0312244150
  • Verlag: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Auflage: New Ed (8. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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On my first visit to Warsaw my 81-year old cousin, a friend of the author, recommended this book. I was told that as Smierc Miasta it was poorly written: in English Anthea Bell has made it poetic, and truly evocative.
The story of the herding into the ghetto; the parasitical class conspiring with the Nazis to be at the top of the pyre, gaining extra weeks of life.
The symbolic of slicing a toffee as a last meal at Umschlagplatz before the family go off to cremation; the escape by random selection of the author; the hiding, the fear, the isolation and sense of being alone. The suicidal streak, and yet survival.
To hide, and yet be discovered against the backdrop of the Warsaw Rising of August 1944, and to be discovered by a German Officer....and fed, and saved. An officer who lost his own life in a Soviet camp. The path to redemption of the German officer, ashamed of what his people have done, and saving one life amidst the loss of so many. Do not forget 250.000 people died in that August Rising, and the rest taken to Pruschkow for transport to concentration camps.
It is a story of poignancy: you begin to wonder what he has survived for; family gone, friends gone; city gone; culture gone. How does one rebuild after peering into the Abyss ? And, it should not be forgotten - visit Pawiak, the remnants of the Nazi Gaol - 40.000 Poles were executed for hiding Jews in a country where whole apartment blocks were executed for common humanity. This was the story of a Polish Jew, a pianist trained in Germany, and the utter barbarity of demonic forces of destruction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A life set to music 8. Februar 2000
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As a Jew I can rarely bring myself to read books on the Holocaust, as they are usually so full of despair. But I am glad I made an exception for this book. It is among the handful of truly special books I have read. One to treasure and remember, and pass on. It will hold it's place on your bookshelf like the score of great music, or a classic photograph. It is less a book than a life rendered vividly and sensitively on your imagination. It is a read which arrested me with it's first few pages, and which enthralled me with it's hollow beauty. It describes a bitter life, yet one where there are still kernels of surprising sweetness. It sets a powerful record of the ability of 'ordinary' human survival. The author was no hero, no role model, and had little except for his decency, talent for music, and strange unexplained desire to survive. Perhaps it's noblest moments are where it sets our slanted popular histories straight. There were good Germans and self-sacrifcing Poles. There were unnumbered hundreds of thousands who put themselves at risk, and ignored the anti-semitism all around them - to help Jews. The history of these ordinary people - pople who were neither , rich like Schindler, nor well placed like Foley - rests largely unrecorded. The deafening silence of our historians about this ordinary heroism is a disgrace to all of us. This short book begins to undo this great injustice.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WARSAW - Nazi Occupation to Soviet Liberation 12. Januar 2000
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My Polish cousins know the author: one recommended the book as i wanted to know about their lives under Occupation. Anthea Bell translated it beautifully: I hear in Polish it is not well-written as Stare Miast. It was a human story; all too human, the parasitical nature of the Nazi inspuired feeding chain in the Ghetto as man is set against man until they are exterminated in turn, each living a few more weeks. The quiet dignity of cutting a toffee at Umschlagplatz. The humanity and shame of a German soldier in juxtaposition to the barbarity of the rank and file.
I was left wondering: how had he survived this madness; and then, I wondered what is it you live for when you have been denuded of all that is dear ?
I am overwhelmed by the "beauty" of this short book: it says so much, so simply, and it makes the everyday "banality of evil" so clear, so vivid, and so hurtful in the present day. My 81 year-old cousin recommended this book, about a man he knew well, and who had lived through this mess himself.
It is a pity a film of quality, simple magnificence like Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross" was not made about this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An almost indescribably powerful work of art. 23. August 1999
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The Pianist is Szpilman's personal account of the incremental loss of his home, his family and his will to live in German-occupied Warsaw. From 1939 to 1945, the Jewish population in Warsaw fell from 500,000 to less than 50,000. During these years, German soldiers and Ukrainian thugs-for-hire taunted, tortured, mutilated and murdered an innocent and defenseless people. Initially Szpilman's status as a celebrity kept him alive but ultimately it was his raw survival instinct that was the key to his endurance.
The power of this work stems from Szpilman's personal yet detached manner of telling his story. It seems a nearly impossible task to describe in words the kind of horrific events that took place during this time. Humanity must always be aware of the evil that lurks within our nature. We must never forget the horrors we are capable of perpetrating, observing, tolerating and permitting. This book should be required reading for every citizen of the modern world. The world must never forget the Holocaust.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I wanted to like this book more then I did
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important lesson in the evil and goodness of humanity
This book offers an invaluable example of how, even in the worst circumstances, good and the will to survive can triumph over evil. Lesen Sie weiter...
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