Organized by the Warsaw-based Desa Unicum, the items which go on public display tomorrow (September 11th) were provided by Szpilman’s sons and even include the Omega pocket watch and Mont Blanc fountain pen he kept with him during the war.
With both a glittering pre and post-war musical career, after surviving the war through a combination of luck, the bravery of pre-war friends and the unlikely intervention of a music-loving German officer, Szpilman was later accused of being a Gestapo agent.
The film won 3 Oscars and the hearts and minds of audiences all around the world. But Szpilman’s son, Andrzej, says his father probably wouldn’t have watched it.
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