Sunday, November 30, 2014
Filip Mazurczak Interviews Halina Szpilman, Widow of Wladyslaw Szpilman
Excerpt: Szpilman, who was of course Jewish, was very attached to Poland, his fatherland.
"He was very attached to Poland and could not imagine life elsewhere. My husband always sat on the chair where you are sitting right now and got very upset when a guest sat there, because he believed that was his place. This was his place, and Władysław believed that he lived there and he was born there. He spent his whole life in Poland, including the worst period, that of German occupation. Some people found it strange that he could have lived in the same place where he lost his family. In any case, he was very strongly connected to his fatherland."
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Yes, Wladyslaw Szpilman was a fascinating personage. In his classic book, THE PIANIST, he refuted many common attacks on Poles and Poland. Those interested in details may wish to read my review of THE PIANIST, which can be accessed directly by clicking on my name in this specific posting.ReplyDelete