Marek Rudnicki (1927-2004) - famous painter (34 years worked for Le Monde in Paris) he was making portraits in the cafee "Sztuka" and now in the interview in Paris in 2002, describes Wladyslaw Szpilman, Henryk Szpilman and Wiera Gran.
Andrzej Szpilman, son of Wladyslaw Szpilman, made famous by Roman Polanski's movie The Pianist, says that allegations his father collaborated with Nazis during WW 2 occupied Poland are delusions "made into fact by the media".
Andrzej Szpilman is retaliating to allegations made in a new biography of war-time singer Wiera Gran written by Agata Tuszynska, in which the memory of Wladyslaw Szpilman is infringed upon in a "scandalous way," says Andrzej Szpilman, who is determined to defend the reputation of his late father, a popular composer and pianist.
The biography of Wiera Gran contains quotations from the war-time singer, who performed in the Warsaw Ghetto and was herself accused of collaborating with the Nazi regime after the war.
The biography alleges that Wladyslaw Szpilman was a policeman in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II and helped the Nazi occupiers round up Jews to the Umschlagplatz, from where they were transported to the Treblinka death camp.
"These are just delusory comments of an ill woman which have been turned into facts by the media," Andrzej Szpilman told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).
"My father was never a policeman in the Ghetto. He was a prisoner in the Ghetto. The whole family on my father's side was murdered, and he himself miraculously avoided death," the son of Wladyslaw Szpilman stated.
"I find the advertising campaign of the publishing house Wydawnictwo Literackie, which published the biography outrageous," Andrzej Szpilman underlines.
"The campaign entices readers with the promise that the book presents a history as yet unknown about the life Wladyslaw Szpilman, which simultaneously presents lies and is libellous," he adds.
"In order to make the book more presentable to the reader, by quoting it and copying its scandalous statements about Wladyslaw Szpilman, [the publishing house] is party to defamatory promotion. The attack on Wladyslaw Szpilman in such a way tries to prove that Jews harmed themselves during the war, and that the role of the Nazis was merely auxiliary. In this way, [the book] creates a false image of Nazi crimes, which in turn affects the public perception of the most important matters of World War II," Andrzej Szpilman states.
New Media, Polskie Radio S.A. 05.11.2010 12:00 (PAP / IAR)