Jewish Musicians Saved By Nazi Army

The story dates back to World War II in 1939. Poland was one of the countries that Germany invaded in World War II. Before the arrival of the Nazi army, the country was inhabited by millions of people.

About 360,000 of them are Jews. In this country, the German army not only occupied the Polish territory, but also discriminated against the Jews.


Wladyslaw Szpilman was born on December 5, 1911 in Sosnowiec, Poland. He works as a pianist for a Polish radio station. He lived with his family in the Ghetto (a place where Jewish minority members lived) in Warsaw, Poland. They are Jewish families.

Then a war broke out between Poland and the German army. Shortly thereafter, the German army occupied Warsaw. A dividing wall between the German army and the Polish people was built.


At this time, the Jews were under tremendous pressure. They are limited to doing outside activities. Jews are not allowed to walk on pedestrians, are not allowed to use public vehicles, are not allowed to sit in parks.

They are also not allowed to have more than 2000 zloty (poland currency) and are required to wear a piece of cloth around they arm with david star symbol wherever they go.


Then the Jews began to be stationed in the Ghetto. The Ghetto is more like a hideous prison. death, starvation, murder, arson etc.

In July 1942, 300 thousand Jews were transported by train to Treblinka to terminate their history. The whole Szpilman family was also sent there.


Szpilman was fortunate to be rescued by a Jewish police officer. From then on, Szpilman began to struggle to survive. Szpilman was assigned to do forced labor in the Ghetto.

While in the Ghetto, Szpilman later escaped. He was later hidden by his friends, Andrzej Bogucki and Janina in a room overlooking the Ghetto.

From this room Szpilman saw the anti-fascist uprising organized by the remaining Jews. There are no more than 200 people.

Szpilman was later assisted by Michel Dzikiewics. This Dzikiewics wife is named Dorota, a woman who once loved Szpilman. Szpilman was hidden in an apartment in a German neighborhood.

From this window, Szpilman saw the Polish uprising against the Nazis. The Nazis retaliated for the uprising until they destroyed many buildings in the city.

Szpilman managed to escape in a state of hunger and thirst. Szpilman runs in the middle of the "city of debris." He then entered one of the buildings there and hid on a balcony.


While hiding, a German soldier suddenly appeared. The frightened Szpilman then introduced himself as a piano player. In a deep hunger and fear of being killed by the Nazi army, he was ordered to play the piano by the army.

With starvation and a weak body, Szpilman plays Chopin's "Ballade in G Minor". After that the German army hid Szpilman. The army also told Szcpilman that war would soon end.

The German army later visited Szpilman to provide him with bread and water. The army also gave his German suit to Szpilman to protect him from the cold of night.


After the Warsaw City was liberated by the Soviets, Szpilman came out with a German military suit. He was nearly shot by a Soviet who thought he was a German soldier.

Szpilman did not know the name of the German soldier who saved him. The description of his friend who had seen the German army in the Soviet camp did not help him much.


As time passed by the war ended, it was only when Szpilman learned that the German soldier was Captain Wilm Hosenfeld. Wilm Hosenfeld died in a prison camp in 1952.

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