He, Wladyslaw Szpilman, was a piano-player, and she, Wiera Gran, a singer, in a café in the Warsaw ghetto… He was admired for his courage and feistiness, she was traduced mercilessly. The hero of Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film “The Pianist” was none other than Szpilman.

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    Wiera Gran, the remarkably beautiful singer in the Warsow Ghetto during the Second World War, is the ‘hidden’ person in the story of Władysław Szpilman, the famous piano-player whose life and work were the subject of Roman Polanski’s film The Pianist. Szpilman played piano in a café in the heart of the Jewish ghetto where Wiera Gran sang from April 1941 to spring 1942. In 1942 Wiera Gran managed to escape from the ghetto, leaving her family behind her.

    Szpilman became the hero of a motion picture and was admired for his courage, struggle and heroism. Wiera Gran was accused after the war of having collaborated with the Nazis and of being a double agent. At the end of her life, buried alive in her home in Paris, Wiera Gran watched Polanski’s film receive an Oscar and the posthumous triumph of Szpilman, her greatest enemy and ‘artisan’ of her unhappiness, as she called him.

    After the war, Szpilman became director of Polish radio and fought her mercilessly, denying any collaboration with her, while Wiera Gran broke down under the weight of the charges. Her trials in 1945 and 1947 more or less acquitted her on grounds of doubt but did not vindicate her.

    Wiera Gran went into self-exile, touring the world like a latter-day wandering Jew, singing in cabarets in Caracas and Tel Aviv, as well as in New York’s Carnegie Hall. She died alone in a small flat in Paris, queen of a kingdom of shades and secrets from the war years, on 19 November 2007.

    Writer and journalist Agata Tuszyńska, whose mother fled the Warsaw ghetto as a child, is the author of other books on the subject of Polish Jews, among them the biography of Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer. Here, acting at once as detective and historian, and investigating patchy memory as a biographer par excellence, she brings to life in this heart-rending and stirring book, which is truly a digest of the era, the checkered fate and lost honour of Wiera Gran.

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    Weight 580 g
    Dimensions 15 × 21 cm
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    Greek

    Pages 352
    Images 55
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Wiera Gran
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He, Wladyslaw Szpilman, was a piano-player, and she, Wiera Gran, a singer, in a café in the Warsaw ghetto… He was admired for his courage and feistiness, she was traduced mercilessly. The hero of Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film “The Pianist” was none other than Szpilman.

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