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Wladislaw Szpilman

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The protagonist, Wladislaw Szpilman, is a brilliant Polish pianist at the time of the Nazi invasion and occupation of Warsaw. He is also Jewish. He witnesses and experiences first-hand enormous deprivation and brutality at the hands of the Nazis, both in the ghetto and later in hiding outside the ghetto walls. That he lives to see the Nazis defeated is a testament to his will to survive, and to his commitment to his music, which the film suggests helps him to remain sane in
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