A pen, silver pocket watch and other precious goods by the late Polish Jewish composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life hero of the Oscar-winning film “The Pianist”, have been put up for auction in during its week.
The famous musician, who died in 2000, attracted the world's attention in Roman Polanski's film based on Szpilman's autobiography, which was translated into about 40 languages.
Ã¢ â¬ ÅThe watch and the pen he bought on a trip to Paris in 1937 survived his entire stay in the Jewish ghetto, then kept him company. In the ruins of the Summer, said Andrzej, Szpilman's son, who is running the auction with his brother Krzysztof.
The black Montblanc Meisterstuck pen, pocket watch and tie that are now part of the collection at the Polish Museum of the History of Polish Jews are the only possessions of Szpilman that survived the war, Euronews reports.
Like any resident Jew in the Polish capital, the pianist and his family were forced to enter the Warsaw ghetto established by the Nazis in 1940. He came to an end, played Going to the piano in any of the cafes left open.
In 1942, his relatives were sent to death in the Treblinka extermination camp, but Szpilman was crucified after a Jewish police officer recognized him from a concert and shot him. on the last line of transport.
Szpilman managed to escape the ghetto the following year, even before the Germans liquidated and disbanded the Jewish district. He survived the rest of the war with the help of friends, hiding In hiding, until he arrived in an empty apartment, completely separate from the outside world.
“The watch, an Omega, had a special meaning for my father,” said Andrzej Szpilman.