Władysław Szpilman





Władysław Szpilman

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in Sosnowiec, Poland
December 05, 1911

died
July 06, 2000

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Polish pianist, composer and memoirist.
Szpilman is widely known as the protagonist of the Roman Polański film The Pianist , which is based on his autobiographical book recounting how he survived the Holocaust. In November 1998 Władysław Szpilman was honoured by the president of Poland with a Kommandor Order with a Star of Polonia Restituta.
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“And now I was lonelier, I supposed, than anyone else in the world. Even Defoe's creation, Robinson Crusoe, the prototype of the ideal solitary, could hope to meet another human being. Crusoe cheered himself by thinking that such a thing could happen any day, and it kept him going. But if any of the people now around me came near I would need to run for it and hide in mortal terror. I had to be alone, entirely alone, if I wanted to live.”
Władysław Szpilman, The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45

“The workers went along with the Nazis, the Church stood by and watched, the middle classes were too cowardly to do anything, and so were the leading intellectuals. We allowed the unions to be abolished, the various religious denominations to be suppressed, there was no freedom of speech in the press or on the radio. Finally we let ourselves be driven into war. We were content for Germany to do without democratic representation and put up with pseudo-representation by people with no real say in anything. Ideals can’t be betrayed with impunity, and now we must all take the consequences.”
Władysław Szpilman, The Pianist

“It's a disgrace to us all! he almost screamed. 'We're letting them take us to our death like sheep to the slaughter!.....at least we could break out of the ghetto, or at least die honourably, not as a stain on the face of history!”
Władysław Szpilman

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June 2015 New School Classics Group Read

Which book would you like to read for our June 2015 New School group read?

1947, The Plague by Albert Camus, 308 pages
 
  10 votes, 21.3%

 
  7 votes, 14.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  7 votes, 14.9%

1989, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, 637 pages
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

1905, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 335 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

 
  4 votes, 8.5%

1941, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 84 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

1965, Stoner by John Williams, 288 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1944, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 351 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1904, The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 425 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1921, Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini, 359 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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