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 life of a human being, let alone his personal freedom, is a matter of no importance. But the love of freedom is native to every human being and every nation, and cannot be suppressed in the long term. History teaches us that tyranny has never endured. And now we have blood-guilt on our conscience for the dreadful injustice of murdering the Jewish inhabitants.”
Władysław Szpilman, The Pianist

“That evening it was announced that curfew would be postponed until midnight, so that the families of those ‘sent for labour’ would have time to bring them blankets, a change of underwear and food for the journey. This ‘magnanimity’ on the part of the Germans was truly touching, and the Jewish police made much of it in an effort to win our confidence. Not until much later did I learn that the thousand men rounded up in the ghetto had been taken straight to the camp at Treblinka, so that the Germans could test the efficiency of the newly built gas chambers and crematorium furnaces.”
Władysław Szpilman, The Pianist

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1947, The Plague by Albert Camus, 308 pages
 
  9 votes, 20.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  7 votes, 16.3%

 
  6 votes, 14.0%

1989, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, 637 pages
 
  5 votes, 11.6%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
 
  4 votes, 9.3%

1905, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 335 pages
 
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1941, Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 84 pages
 
  3 votes, 7.0%

1965, Stoner by John Williams, 288 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.3%

1944, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 351 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.3%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
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1904, The Sea Wolf by Jack London, 425 pages
 
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1921, Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini, 359 pages
 
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