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The Pianist : the extraordinary story of one man's survival in Warsaw, 1939-45

Author: Władysław Szpilman; Anthea Bell; Wilm Hosenfeld; Wolf Biermann; Andrzej Szpilman
Publisher: London : Phoenix (an imprint of The Orion Pub. Group), 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds, alongside extracts from the diary of the German officer who saved his life.
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Genre/Form: War and conflict
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Polish
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Władysław Szpilman; Anthea Bell; Wilm Hosenfeld; Wolf Biermann; Andrzej Szpilman
ISBN: 0753814056 9780753814055
OCLC Number: 630155987
Language Note: Translated from the Polish.
Notes: Originally published 1999.
Film tie-in.
Description: 224 pages : 4 illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Foreword / Andrzej Szpilman --
1. The Hour of the Children and the Mad --
2. War --
3. The First Germans --
4. My Father Bows to the Germans --
5. Are You Jews? --
6. Dancing in Chlodna Street --
7. A Fine Gesture by Mrs. K --
8. An Anthill Under Threat --
9. The Umschlagplatz --
10. A Chance of Life --
11. 'Marksmen Arise!' --
12. Majorek --
13. Trouble and Strife Next Door --
14. Szalas' Betrayal --
15. In a Burning Building --
16. Death of a City --
17. Life for Liquor --
18. Nocturne in C sharp minor --
Postcript --
Extracts from the Diary of Captain Wilm Hosenfeld --
Epilogue: A Bridge Between Wladyslaw Szpilman and Wilm Hosenfeld / Wolf Biermann.
Other Titles: Śmierć Miasta.
Responsibility: Władysław Szpilman ; with extracts from the diary of Wilm Hosenfeld ; foreword by Andrzej Spilman ; epilogue by Wolf Biermann ; translated by Anthea Bell.

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