The Pianist, by Wladyslaw Szpilman

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Literature often documents historical events of great significance and possesses the ability to inspire. The Pianist, by Wladyslaw Szpilman shares the true story of the author's survival as a Jew, amidst the Holocaust. He witnesses the destruction of Warsaw, Poland and suffers from tremendous grief and misery. All the Jews at the time were victims of various Anti-Semitic decrees and rules. Europe, continentally was stripped from its democratic rights and forced under oppression by the Nazi regime. The Jewish council was inevitably formed in many countries by well- respected Jews for protection and safety. On the contrary, few countries rebelled and launched movements such as the Polish Rebellion, in efforts to resist German control. Consequently, the Jews were harassed and tortured to death by unorthodox, German experiments. They were permanently labelled as social misfits by the society and nearly annihilated out of existence. The Holocaust, introduced by brutal dictators was responsible for the death of six million innocent Jews in Europe (Rosenberg, Jennifer).The political uprising of Hitler during World War two and the social exclusion of the Jews from the community accurately reflects the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist and influences Anti-Semitic decrees, oppression, formation of the Jewish council, the Polish rebellion, inhumane acts of cruelty and the societal perception of Jews as inferior creatures, while portraying themes such as the struggle for survival, abuse of power leads to enforcement of immoral law, and exposing the true brutality of human nature. The gradual introduction of Anti-Semitic decrees in The Pianist is a direct influence of Hitler's political policies that intend... ... middle of paper ... ...1909–14; Bartleby.com, 2001. Peretz, Martin. "Warsaw Diarist." New Republic 208.19 (1993): 58. Canadian Reference Centre. EBSCO. Web. 19 July 2011. Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Holocaust Facts - 33 Facts You Should Know About the Holocaust." 20th Century History. About.com. Web. 28 July 2011. . Simkin, John. "Adolf Hitler." Spartacus Educational - Home Page. Spartacus Educational. Web. 24 July 2011. . Szpilman, Wladyslaw. The Pianist. Toronto: McArthur &, 2003. Print. Tarshin, Lauren. "Fighting Hitler: A Holocaust Story." Scholastic Scope 59.14 (2011): 4-9. Canadian Reference Centre. EBSCO. Web. 19 July 2011. Trueman, Chris. "Adolf Hitler." History Learning Site. Chris Trueman. Web. 19 July 2011. .

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