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Władysław Szpilman

Polish pianist, composer, Holocaust survivor

Władysław "Wladek" Szpilman (Polish pronunciation: [vwaˈdɨswaf ˈʂpʲilman]; 5 December 1911 – 6 July 2000) was a Polish pianist and classical composer.

Władysław Szpilman
Władysław Szpilman.jpg
Born(1911-12-05)5 December 1911
Died6 July 2000(2000-07-06) (aged 88)
Warsaw, Poland
Resting placePowązki Military Cemetery, Warsaw
NationalityPolish
OccupationComposer, pianist, author
Years active1930–2000
Known forThe Pianist
Spouse(s)Halina (Grzecznarowski) Szpilman
(1950–2000; his death)
ChildrenChristopher Szpilman, Andrzej Szpilman

Szpilman is known as the main character of the Roman Polanski movie The Pianist (2002). This movie is based on the book of the same name. It recounts Polanski's survival of the German occupation of Warsaw and the Holocaust.

Szpilman died in Warsaw, Poland on 6 July 2000 at the age of 88.

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