Wladyslaw Szpilman


Movies I’ll love forever: The Pianist

“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.”


Wilm Hosenfeld (1895-1952), German World War II Officer was born in Mackenzell, Germany, the son of a Catholic teacher. Hosenfeld entered the German Army at the start of World War I and returned home badly injured in 1917. At the beginning of World War II his batallion went to Poland. After witnessing how the Nazis were treating Jews, Hosenfeld, a deeply religious man, decided to help them. One of those he saved was pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a deed later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "The Pianist”. In 1945 Hosenfeld was captured by the Russian Army and sentenced to 25 years in a labor camp. He died in captivity near Stalingrad.“ - source