The pianist: by Wladyslay Szpilman
Thee extraordinary story of one man's survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 / with extracts from the diary of Wilm Hosenfeld
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Originally published in Poland in 1945 but suppressed, this memoir of survival in the Warsaw Ghetto joins the ranks of Holocaust memoirs notable as much for their literary value as for their historical significance. The author brings realism and clarity to the banalities of ghetto life, especially the eerie normalcy of some social relations amid catastrophic upheaval.