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The Pianist: A Sociological Analysis

THE PIANIST: A
SOCIOLOGICAL
ANALYSIS
Muhammad Saad Noor
2012-253
Osama Iqbal
2012-297
Sarmad Usmani
2012-346
Sufyan Jawed
2012-365
Syed Abbas Raza
2012-369

HM-321 (B)

Sociology & Human Behavior

The Pianist: A Sociological Analysis

Course Project

Submitted To: Sir Cedric Aimal


Edwin
INTRODUCTION
The fundamental belief in defining the sociological Perspective is to define it from
humanitys point of view and not in religious sense. The necessity to highlight the point as
the beginning has arisen, given that the topic of choice deals with perhaps the prominent and
complex event of the twentieth century, the Holocaust. Though the name The Pianist seems
to derogate the theme of the movie chosen, the experience of the not only the main
Protagonist but also the entire movie both powerful and moving. What we aim to target will
not only be the narrative confined to the lead character (Mr. Wladyslaw Szpilman) but also
the broader narrative that describes the location and the community (consequently moving
away from the timeline of the movie) from strictly a sociological point of view. The idea is
not simply to put every theory discussed as a stand-alone, monotonous cartoon but rather to
bind the chain of events and characters of the individual throughout the film using
appropriate sociological viewpoints to transform it into a coherent compound. Possible
crucial events of the movie will be high-lighted and assigned a theory or set of theories. All
events and hence theories will be outlined consistently, reaching the epilogue with our
conclusion where we will cross the timeline of the movie. As the narrative carries depth,
hence so many a sociological theories will be highlighted and discoursed. The movie will
generally follow the life of a pianist working for the Polish radio, Wladyslaw Szpilman
during the course of World War II from 1939 to 1940, his life and alterations, experiences and
struggles along with the broader context of the happenings during the war i.e. also sometimes
clinging to the latter aspect.

The Pianist: A Sociological Analysis

THE TUNE THAT PLAYED AMIDST THE


STORM AND RUBBLE
The actual moment that seizes the coming plans of the
Nazis is the declaration for all the Jews to wear armbands
as a sign branding them, as people do nowadays with
cattle. While life continues for Szpilman and his family,
things do eventually take a turn for the worse when all the Jews living in the Warsaw district
and the adjoining area are ordered to move into the small district created for the Jewish
within Warsaw itself. What tends to be achieved is the moral degradation and de-socialization
of the Jewish among themselves as they are further grinded in the wheel of poverty and the
continuously harsher sanctions being imposed upon them such as the necessity of having a
work permit, but even so Szpilman continues to work as a Pianist to support family. Things
do eventually take turn for the worse when under the pretense of a better working condition,
the nearly half million residents of the Ghetto are sent off to the Treblinka extermination
whereas while boarding the train, Szpilman is rescued by friend in the Jewish Ghetto Police
from where he pretends as a slave labor and makes his escape. Up to this point the movie did
not only revolve around Szpilman but his entire family as well (mother, father, a brother and
two sisters), representing as a close knit and cohesive group without the symptoms of
Groupthink, but on hereafter he remains on his own with no family as they are sent off to the
melting pot.
Setting aside rage and grief, Szpilman conforms to the Nazi rule as a slave worker along with
few others in the ghetto and who are disposed off when deemed too old to work. Even under
the alert eyes of the, Szpilman, along with the other young men in the ghetto began to
secretly smuggle weapons inside in order for them to mount a resistance to German
Occupation even coming close to being caught a time or two. But Szpilman manages to
escape before the uprising and seeks help from a non-Jewish friend Andrzeg Bogucki, to hide
him. Szpilaman remains hidden in an apartment near the ghetto wall where he witnesses the
Warsaw uprising which he assisted internally and its failure and ultimately, success. After the
arrest of his aide and his identity being blown up, he flees to another address where they keep
him in a flat close to the German headquarters. Struggling with anxiety and disease, Szpilman
stays hidden in the flat while his aides settle inland for fear of their safety. Szpilman escapes
the building after bombing by the allies begins first hiding in the German hospital during
which the Warsaw district is in ruins after continuous bombing and fighting. Szpilman then
scours the ruins looking for supplies and food to eat. While hiding in the attic of a shambled
house, Szpilman is caught by the Wehrmacht officer Captain Wilm Hosenfeld who upon
learning that he was a pianist asks him to play something on a piano in the living room, to
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which Szpilman plays Ballade No. 1 in G minor, which drives the Captain to leave
Szpilman be. Later, he brings Szpilman Food on multiple occasions as well as giving him his
own coat before finally leaving. The coat nearly proves to be the death of Wldayslaw
Szpilman as the Russians mistook him for Nazi. Later, it is shown that Wilm Hosenfeld is
captured by the soviets and asks a friend of Szpilman to rescue him but he never catches his
name. Szpilman continues his work on the as a pianist whereas the captain who hid him could
not be saved and died in a war camp in 1952. Mr. Wladyslaw Szpilman died in 2000 in
Warsaw.

SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
The purpose of the sociological project is to apply the sociological theories on the basis of the
development and use of Sociological Imagination to perceive the given context, situation or
character from a particular perspective and then choosing theories that seem best conducive
to it. For the Pianist, the case boils down to the fact it being a movie and hence such the
narrative has to be described in terms of the sociological theories instead of vice-versa. Hence
the Perspectives and the concerning theories that will be taken under consideration are
respectively as follows:

CONFLICT THEORY PERSPECTIVE


i.
ii.
iii.
iv.
v.
vi.
vii.
viii.

Social Stratification
Total Institution
Class Conflict Marx view
Class and Poverty
Social status and roles
Deviance and Crime
Colonialism
Broken Window Theory

SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVE


i.
ii.
iii.
iv.
v.
vi.

Dramaturgical Approach
Group formation
In-group and out-group
Crime and Group Cohesion
Labeling Theory
Differential Association

FUNCTIONALIST PERSPECTIVE
i.
ii.
iii.

Strain Theory
Social stratification
Religious Perspective

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The movie itself seeks to make us argue the concept of inequality and in what manner.
Basically, the belief of the Nazis regarding the Jews as troublesome and lowlife and hence
treating as a lower class can be considered a blatant excuse for action and control. Social
Stratification clearly states the existence of structured in equality in the society but in the
regarding case, not only the reason for degrading the Jewish Community by the occupation of
Warsaw and the bombing of the Polish radio Station to cut off their culture was unjustified
but their subsequent arrangements for the people were morally degenerate. The
simultaneous formation and imposition of laws and norms showed a society deep under
oppression and injustice under the influence of Hitlers rule. What they did was establish a
form of imperialistic approach to handle those they considered as beneath them.
Yes and then the progressively harsher treatment really lead to the putrid atmosphere now
known Total Institution. As seen prior in the movie, the Jews living in Warsaw (around half
a million) and around it are ordered to migrate to the to the small Ghetto inside Warsaw
district itself where harsher laws and Sanctions had been forced upon them, leading to a
society of near absolute poverty and distress, their culture and beliefs slowly being
substituted to represent a more ragged community. And we clearly see the full extent of Total
Institution when the Jews are loaded on to trains for labor camps in the same way the cattle
are loaded for the slaughter house. It was later revealed that they were sent off to
extermination camps before which they were stripped off their valuables which they
possessed, hence being stripped off their culture, statuses and roles and being given a
singular one as labors or slaves or cattle which became their Master status.
One of the most highlighted characteristics in differentiating among class or cast is the
possession of wealth, in some accordance with the Social Stratification. The events
procuring even in the early days of the Nazi seemingly pointed to a growing conflict that was
and eventually will break out at any time, given that the mountains of restrictions being
placed upon them not only were reducing employment for them (such as Mr. Szpilman losing
his job after bombing of the radio station) was a strong contender to the fact that poverty will
rise among them, the difference amplified in the Ghetto where people were dying of
starvation while the rich only dwelled in apathy.
Then the concept of deviance holds great significance as well as challenge given that it can be
applied from both perspectives as they say; Deviance is in the eye of the beholder. There
are two faces regarding this belief- conformity and deviance. While under one circumstance
people were labeled as conformist, others were labeled as deviant. A strong example of Group
Conformity is the time Wladyslaw Szpilmans Family hid their money in the violin. And of
course, in this case it is justified to acknowledge that What the Jews did as a means of
sustenance and livelihood was strongly considered deviant under the eyes of the Nazi and a
form of innovators in the eyes of Jewish as they went out of line to provide for themselves.
Then the constant exploitation of their economy and culture was a severe detriment as a result
of their colonialism approach where they took control of the economy and likely ravaged the
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polish culture which also comprised of Jewish culture (destroying museums, libraries,
institutions, murdering Priests). Deviance can also been seen from Nazis Perspective where
Captain Wilm Hosenfeld helped save Szpilman in the final days of the invasion. One very
important ideology is the broken window theory that seeks to proof that initiating social
disorder will only lead to further chaos and disorder which can only be subdued by the use of
sanctions, punishments of varying degrees in order to outline boundaries of social tolerance.
The case presented in the movie is ideal as the persecution of the Jews caused declaration of
war, the uprising of Warsaw, the later Arab-israeli war after the UN partition plan that led to
the formation of Israel and even further events that followed them.
But of course the conflict perspective seems to cover the macro-sociological perspective. The
ability to analyze the variations in day to day interactions among people is just a necessary
perspective to the perceived ability and implementation of the sociological imagination.
There is a clearly observable trend of change in the behavior and actions of people
throughout the movie itself and of course that is normal considering the positions the Jews
are placed into and the attitudes of the Gestapo who are imposing the rule upon them. But the
probable question lies as to why are they changing? It can be clearly attributed to the
Dramaturgical Perspective, the concept that humans carry multiple faces, they are actors.
While it is not the desire of the Jews to submit to the Nazi rule, they nonetheless do so by
conforming to their policies or else risk facing the constabularies. Similarly, while they
pretend to be loyal, they are defying them behind their backs by actively planning out against
them and while they actively hope on the front stage that help will come, they are at an
understanding that the end is near. And on the contrary, while the Gestapo carry out the
atrocities openly, imposing themselves as caretakers of the Nazi institution, it can somewhat
be said that they do so under the influence of their superiors as they are acting under the
higher authorities and cannot be held accountable for their actions, a statement which was
given by Nazi POW and a result which was observed in an experiment conducted by Stanley
Milgram at Yale University: Conformism and Agentic State Theory. Szpilman, though
unaware, adopts dramaturgy for himself as a tool of survival, an alteration of traits that will
be further highlighted in Mertons Topology. Group existence is a part of society and
contributes to the socialization process that we as individuals adopt throughout our life
course. It is an ever-mutating process that seeks to differentiate us from others due to the
varieties of people we communicate with. Hence, the process of grouping was clear as glass
and its existence was in plain view on both sides, the Jews and the Germans (forces). But
then there must be levels of cohesion that seek to vary with people among different groups,
leading to the concept of in-groups and out-groups. The former represent the primary group
which one interacts such as family which was the highlight of Szpilmans group preference
and the closely associated bond. In case of Nazis, it may or may not have been the family
depending on the cohesion in their workgroup, the idea is up for debate. The later form of
groups represents the less cohesive and interactive form of group with which we are
associated. In the case of Szpilman, it was his work group and same as after escaping
deportation. But events usually lead to change in how one constructs his groups as seen that
Szpilmans primary group initially was his family but after their deportation to Treblinka, his
previous primary group dissolved and the so called secondary group became the Primary
Group; that is his workforce became strongly cohesive which lead to his involvement in the
uprising. And then the increasing need to survive can also be contributed to group efforts as
people smuggled food items and strongly supported each other but the same time they
conspired against German forces, thus inciting the fact that increasing group cohesion leads
to more effective procedure and results in crime and Sabotage, which was the viewpoint
implemented by the Hitler like minds. The Concept Labeling theory is a branch of symbolic
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interaction theory which interprets the responses of others as the most significant factor in
understanding how deviant behavior is both created and sustained (Becker 1963). Started
with the war as Jews labeled and not allowed to enter coffee houses or even to stroll in the
park through an official decree. This was thought as an absurdity and insanity by the people
even then. Followed by being forced to wear emblem star of David in public over 12 years
of age on the right sleeve the blue star of David on white background, large, 8 cm from point
to point, width one cm. Severe punishment was announced for not respecting the decree.
Officially labeled and branded which was considered as shear humiliation and disgraceful for
the Jews. They were mistreated, humiliated, abused and hurt regardless. Consequently,
further actions followed this. It was the basic and starting point in the social and
psychological pilot.
Even though the use of Sociological Imagination is to define a problem from all angles, we
must accept that there are certain limits to how certain perspective is applied. In the context
or events portrayed by the Pianist, one will find it difficult as to how such actions are
necessary for creating a structured society. But nonetheless, the Functionalist perspective
must be described.
So there should be an angle with which we can consider the entire happenings in the movie to
be Functional. We can take this into account into analysis in a few ways. In terms of Broad
Narrative, the actions of the Nazis are considered deviant which mostly resembles real life
events. The Deviant behavior of the Nazis towards the Jews in the Poland could be
considered as functional in the sense that the treacheries of the SS defined the boundaries of
humanitys tolerance during the earliest stages of Polands Invasion causing England and
France to declare war on Germany in order to save the Jewish population. And the increasing
tensions and cruelties pounded on the Jewish people promoted a gradual unity which became
the driving force to mount the Jewish resistance. And hence in those cases they had to
redefine their moral and ethical boundaries in order to pursue the means of retention, so many
people had to pick up weapons, become spies among others.
Now lets share a moment with the character of Wladyslaw Szpilman
himself and his personal traits and developments during the entire length
of film from a Functionalist perspective. We can see that from the moment
of the bombing of radio station which served as an institutionalized
means for achieving his cultural goals of becoming a renowned pianist
as a form of conformist reaction, as highlighted by Mertons Topology.
Then the changes began to occur throughout the process of increasing
occupation by the SS and the Gestapo. We see that some time later he
still remains conformist, creating music in his home piano but forced to
give it up (the piano) because of ensuing poverty thus giving up his
means of achieving goals but not yet accepting an illegal one. He
eventually adopts a ritualistic persona where he accepts the means (a
job as a pianist) but rejects his goals of producing music. This form of
strain continues on him until their transfer to the Treblinka extermination
camp after which he retreats, continuing till his early days as slave labor.
Only when the idea of an uprising, does he adopt a rebellious approach,
accepting the goal of survival and achieving freedom through the
unconventional means of warfare, and coupling it with the perspective of
impression management, he does justice to his role. Only after the
bombing of Warsaw does he becomes an innovator, striving for survival
in the aftermath, with no institutionalized means, he innovates using the
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resources at his disposal, including the truly enigmatic first encounter with
Captain Wilm Hosenfeld.
Then when all ideas or ways seem to fail, we turn towards the one corner
stone which most obey without proof, religion. As per mentioned, this is a
very sensitive and provocative issue and will not be discussed to great
depth but the basic belief according to Islam and Christianity is the God is
the supreme being and everything happening is under His will or
command. Hence, its wise to say that the event of the Invasion of Poland,
the beginning of World war 2 and the Holocaust occurred because it was
Gods Will and hence could not have prevented and evaded. Some very
interesting facts regarding this are the later formation of Israel, the
propaganda of the arrival of the Messiah and the subsequent arrival of
Prophet Isa(A.S) along with the end of Greater Occultation and the
emergence of Imam Mehdi (A.S).

SUMMARY & CONCLUSION


The grand joke, if not humorous, is the blunt fact that no matter the road one adopts to get to
the destination, someone always objects to it, no matter how comfort the ride is. What the
analysis carries out is a perspective on a single piece in a complete set of puzzle, as the film
restricts itself on the Occupation of Poland, being narrowed down to Warsaw itself, with a
central character as usual. While the theme of the Narrative has been dealt with the
sociological point of view as justifying as possible, nonetheless it is worth mentioning that
the timeline of the film begins with the declaration of the world war and finishes with its
conclusion, there is by all aspects a beginning to the reasons and events behind the invasion
and particularly after the war that seem to go astray out of the context thereby making this
report biased, inconclusive and incomprehensive in view of certain people. So for a more
refined approach, it seems that one may have to look deeper in the annals of history to
understand the events prior war such as the rise of Hitler himself and Social Psyche that he
possessed and subsequently implemented into the minds of the Germans and the previous
sociological impacts of World War 1.
Even then the atrocities and acts that were committed and were forced to be carried out are
mind-altering even when in the film you get to view only a small crumb of the pie but it and
the wide array of actions and reactions that follow are substantial to produce a sociological
perspective of significant color. We believe that to have a clear Imagination means to have a
clear conscience and hence to describe the situation from all perspectives and that human life
is always Sacred regarding caste, creed, Religion or status and all perspective and analysis is
carried out from purely humanitys point of view. Well its funny actually that the notion of
human life as sacred is a religious teaching itself; the irony of things!

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WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE


CONTRIBUTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS
#

Date

End
Time
00:20

Abbas

Sufyan

Sarmad

Saad

Osama

12th Nov

Start
time
22:15

1st

Proposed the
Idea of The
Pianist after
everyone else.
It was
accepted
while Voting
for the choice
of movie.

Gave
viewpoint
that whether
should it be
done on a
movie, a
book, a real
life story,
etc.
Suggested
movie The
saw.

Ideally gave
the idea that
a particular
person or
character
should be
the focus of
analysis.
Proposed
on.

Sighted with
the need to
evaluate the
issues faced
by
Pakistanis
after 9/11 in
America.

21st Nov

23:40

02:20

With The
Pianist as
our Final
Choice we
moved into
discussing the
structure of
movie.
Introduction
was
discussed.
Highlighted
the needs of
the

Discussed
the fact that
the story of
the movie
should be
highlighted
primarily.
Second the
events
proceeding
and
preceding
the movie
time. Along

Suggested
that
sociological
analysis
should be
performed
on the
Victims of
rape;
accounting
to real-life
stories of
people.
Watched the
movie so
began
arguing
about what
type of
theories will
and will not
be feasible.
Everyone
got to
Selecting
the theories
that will

2nd

Highlighted
certain
important
parts in the
movie that
will later
serve as
valuable
material in
the analysis
of the
perspectives
such as the
killing of

Presented
the idea that
the narrative
should be
defined in
the personal
Experience
as we were
basing our
work on
movie. A
short
summary
would
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Introduction,
presenting the
idea of broad
and Confined
Narrative.

3rd

26th Nov

18:30

19:15

Division of
theories
accepted.
Took the part
in the writing
the narrative
and the
Mertons
Topology.
along with the
concept of
class conflict,
Deviance and
poverty.

4th

28th Nov

22:00

23:00

Co-accepted
the
perspective of
religion with
reference
from bible

with the
need to
focus on the
protagonist
with the
sociological
theories
applicable.
Proposed
the view of
branding as
shown in
the movie
regarding
the Jews
and the
subsequent
social
dilemmas
that
followed.
Formation
of Israel and
destabalizati
on of the
East.
Co-accepted
the
perspective
of religion
with
reference
from The
Holy Quran

best
highlight
the
Narrative.

Old Jews.
Proposed
the idea of
in-groups
and outgroups.

Suffice.

Proposed
the idea of
continuous
and
increasing
Chaos that
ensued not
only
throughout
the movie
but also
going out of
the timeline
to define
consequenc
e of the war.

Showed up
for the
meeting and
accepted the
Broader
assessment
of the Strain
theory and
the concepts
of in-group
and outgroup.

Outline and
Expose the
concept of
the
Dramatugy
and
perspective
and of the
face on both
broader and
confined
context as
well as the
process of
group
formation.

Co-accepted
the
perspective
of religion
with
reference
from The
Holy Quran.

Did not
show up at
the meeting
and did not
present his
work which
he
undertook
because of
hosting the
All-Pak of
IET.

Co-accepted
the
perspective
of religion
with
reference
from bible

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Appendix A: The Statistics of the Invasion


Estimates (German
forces)

Estimates
(Polish Forces)

Killed

8082 to 10572

66300

Wounded

27,278 to 30322

133700

Missing

3404 to 5029

Prisoner

Civilian deaths

420000
26000

Tanks

89

Armed vehicles

993 to 1000

Naval Losses

2 destroyers, 2
minelayers

Planes lost

107

327 out of their


435

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To all this polish misery, pain, and death we must add what the Germans did in the
Poland they ruled. They shot former politicians, and government, cultural,
professional, and intellectual leaders, or sent them to die in concentration camps. Just
in the city of Bydgoszcz, for example, Germans murdered about 10,000 non-Jewish
civilians in four months of occupation. And from 1939 to 1941, they deported en mass
about 1,600,000 Poles, including 400,000 Jews. About 700,000 Poles were sent to
Germany for forced labor,6 many to die there. And the most infamous German death
camps had been located in Poland. Overall, during German occupation of pre-war
Polish territory, 1939-1945, the Germans murdered 3,900,000 to 6,400,000 Poles,
probably about 5,400,000, including near 3,000,000 Jews.

This human catastrophe inflicted by the Soviets and Germans on the Poles surely
exterminated the best and brightest among the Poles, and nearly destroyed the human
infrastructure for the post-war rebuilding of former political parties and a post-war
government. This relative leadership void was intentionally made worse by Soviet
actions. As they forced the German Army to retreat, crossed into Poland, and
approached Warsaw, the Polish underground Home Army rose against the Germans
and tried to take over Warsaw before the Russians could reach it. The Home Army
was loyal to the Polish government in London, and on their behalf wanted to welcome
Soviet forces into the city. The intent was to strengthen Polish demands for a free
Poland after the war. The uprising was a disaster. The Russians halted their offensive
near Warsaw and let the Germans massacre the Home Army, while forbidding any
American or British planes from dropping supplies for the Home Army. After 63 days,
and the death of 200,000 civilians and over 10,000 Polish combatants, the Home
Army capitulated on October 2, 1944. The Germans then deported the remaining
population and demolished virtually all of what remained of the city.

A comparison of both armed forces clearly indicates the problems faced by Poland.
Germany had 11 tank divisions compared to Polands 1;
Germany had 40 infantry divisions compared to Polands 30;
Germany four motorised divisions compared to none in Poland;
Germany had one cavalry brigade compared to Polands eleven

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APPENDIX B: THE NIGHTMARES CAPTURED

Figure 1 (a) The SS Killing off Jews who are too old to work
off Jews in Warsaw

(b) Kilssling

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Figure 2 (a) A scene from the extermination camp mass grave dug and (b) Szpilman
father gets hit by an SS officer for not saluting him

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Figure 3 shows the resettlement of all the Jews in Warsaw into the small Jewish Ghetto

Figure 4 An old physically impaired person being thrown for the second floor apartment
for not standing up on the orders of the Commanding officer.

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Figure 5 shows A young being shot by the supervisor because she asked where they
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Figure 6 showing Szpilman casually making his getaway from the boarding platform
after being saved by a an acquaintance.

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Figure 7 shows Szpilman escaping from the station taking the Jews to Treblinka and
making disguise as a slave worker in order to get away from the area. On the table are
dead children.

Figure 8 showing Szpilman along with other young men acting as slave labor for the
Nazis in construction.

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Figure 9 Showing him taking part in preparing for the uprising by smuggling weapons.

Figure 10 Shoes Szpilman making his escape from the Labor group.

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Figure 11 Showing the remaining survivors of the uprising being killed off.

Figure 12 Showing Szpilman escaping the hideout after having his cover blown.

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Figure 13 The day the the main Warsaw revolt began.

Figure 14 shows szpilman escaping into the ravaged city of Warsaw from where he acts
as a innovator.

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Figure 15 Shows Szpilmans First confrontation with Captain Wilm Hosenfeld

Figure 16 Shows the food given to him by the Captain.

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Figure 17 Shows Captain Hosenfeld providing further assistance to Szpilman

APPENDIX C: THE RELIGIOUS BELIEF


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VERSES FROM BIBLE

Matthew 24:13 ESV: But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
1 John 5:19 ESV: We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the
power of the evil one.
Revelation 20:4 ESV: Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom
the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been
beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not
worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or
their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Luke 21:36 ESV: But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to
escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of
Man.
Matthew 24:21-22 ESV: For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been
from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days
had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect
those days will be cut short.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Revelation 20:4-6 ESV: Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom
the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been
beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not
worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or
their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest
of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first
resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over
such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and
they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Revelation 19:8-11 ESV: It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright
and pure for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said
to me, Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the
Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God. Then I fell down at his
feet to worship him, but he said to me, You must not do that! I am a fellow servant
with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For the
testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a
white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he
judges and makes war.
Revelation 18:24 ESV: And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and
of all who have been slain on earth.
Revelation 12:17 ESV: Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went
off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of
God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
Acts 7:6-7 ESV: And God spoke to this effectthat his offspring would be
sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them
four hundred years. But I will judge the nation that they serve, said God, and after
that they shall come out and worship me in this place.
Matthew 24:22 ESV: And if those days had not been cut short, no human being
would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
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Matthew 19:28 ESV: Jesus said to them, Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when
the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit
on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV: Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way
is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is
narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Zechariah 12:7 ESV: And the Lord will give salvation to the tents of Judah first,
that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may
not surpass that of Judah.
Psalm 22:1-31 ESV: To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm
of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from
saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not
answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of
Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they
cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psalm 1:1-6 ESV: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor
stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the
law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted
by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all
that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind
drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the
congregation of the righteous;
Ephesians 5:1-6:24 ESV: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And
walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and
sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not
even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor
foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be
thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or
impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of
Christ and God.
Romans 1:26-27 ESV: For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions.
For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and
the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with
passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in
themselves the due penalty for their error.
Mark 13:22 ESV: For false Christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs
and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Matthew 24:42 ESV: Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your
Lord is coming.
Daniel 7:25 ESV: He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the
saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they
shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I
will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 83:1-5 ESV: A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not keep silence; do not
hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those
who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they
consult together against your treasured ones. They say, Come, let us wipe them out
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as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more! For they conspire with
one accord; against you they make a covenant
Psalm 7:3 ESV: O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
Numbers 10:14 ESV: The standard of the camp of the people of Judah set out first by
their companies, and over their company was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
1 John 5:7-8 ESV: For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the
blood; and these three agree.
2 Peter 3:3-4 ESV: Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days
with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, Where is the
promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing
as they were from the beginning of creation.
Hebrews 6:1 ESV: Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on
to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith
toward God,
Hebrews 4:12 ESV: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow,
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
2 Timothy 2:4 ESV: No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to
please the one who enlisted him.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 ESV: Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not
come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son
of destruction,
Ephesians 5:14 ESV: For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV: For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war
according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have
divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion
raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
Esther 3:8-15 ESV: Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, There is a certain people
scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your
kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every other people, and they do not
keep the king's laws, so that it is not to the king's profit to tolerate them. If it please
the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver
into the hands of those who have charge of the king's business, that they may put it
into the king's treasuries. So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it
to Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. And the king
said to Haman, The money is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it
seems good to you. Then the king's scribes were summoned on the thirteenth day of
the first month, and an edict, according to all that Haman commanded, was written to
the king's satraps and to the governors over all the provinces and to the officials of all
the peoples, to every province in its own script and every people in its own language.
It was written in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the king's signet ring.
Romans 9:1-33 ESV: I am speaking the truth in ChristI am not lying; my
conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have great sorrow and
unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut
off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They
are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of

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the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their
race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 8:5 ESV: For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the
things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the
things of the Spirit.
Acts 17:30-31 ESV: The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands
all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge
the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given
assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
Acts 4:12 ESV: And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Acts 3:19 ESV: Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,
Acts 3:19-21 ESV: Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted
out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may
send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for
restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long
ago.
Mark 10:14 ESV: But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, Let the
children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Mark 7:7 ESV: In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the
commandments of men.
Psalm 50:15 ESV: And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you
shall glorify me.

VERSES FROM THE HOLY QURAN


Let us look at the Noble Verses 17:4-10:
4. And We gave (Clear) Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they
do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance (and twice would they be
punished)!

5. When the first of the warnings came to pass, We sent against you Our servants given to
terrible warfare: They entered the very inmost parts of your homes; and it was a warning
(completely) fulfilled.

6. Then did We grant you the Return as against them: We gave you increase in resources and
sons, and made you the more numerous in man-power.

7. If ye did well, ye did well for yourselves; if ye did evil, (ye did it) against yourselves. So
when the second of the warnings came to pass, (We permitted your enemies) to disfigure your
faces, and to enter your Temple as they had entered it before, and to visit with destruction all
that fell into their power.
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8. It may be that your Lord may (yet) show Mercy unto you; but if ye revert (to your sins),
We shall revert (to Our punishments): And we have made Hell a prison for those who reject
(all Faith).

9. Verily this Qur'an doth guide to that which is most right (or stable), and giveth the Glad
Tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent
reward;

10. And to those who believe not in the Hereafter, (it announceth) that We have prepared for
them a Penalty Grievous (indeed)."

Notice in Noble Verse 17:7 Allah Almighty said that He sent people who disfigured the faces
of the Jews because of their mischief on earth. And notice in Noble Verse 17:8 Allah
Almighty promised the Jews that He will repeat the punishment if they revert to doing
mischief on earth.

It is strongly believed among many Germans and Europeans that the Jews were actually one
of the main reasons why World War II happened. The Jews had control over the most
powerful financial institutions (such as banks, real estates, and others) in Germany and
Europe, and were exploiting it solely to their advantage to gain political controls and
domination, exactly similar to their control and domination over the American financial
institutions today in the US, where as a result of that the US foreign policy is always in the
favor of Israel.

This is why Hitler decided to eliminate the Jews from Germany and the rest of the world.
That is why the holocaust occurred, where the Nazi Germans literally baked the Jews in
ovens, and killed in other ways such as poising them to death. It is the Jews' mischief in
Germany and Europe that caused for their mass murder. It is the Jews' mischief that caused
for the Nazi Germans to "disfigure their faces" as Allah Almighty promised the Jews to be
punished for any mischief they cause on earth.

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The Arrival of the Anti-Christ

Sahih al-Bukhari > Afflictions and the End of the World

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar:Allah's Apostle said. "While I was sleeping, I saw myself (in a
dream) performing Tawaf around the Ka`ba. Behold, I saw a reddish-white man with lank
hair, and water was dropping from his head. I asked, "Who is this?' They replied, 'The son of
Mary.' Then I turned my face to see another man with a huge body, red complexion and curly
hair and blind in one eye. His eye looked like a protruding out grape. They said (to me), He is
Ad-Dajjal." The Prophet added, "The man he resembled most is Ibn Qatan, a man from the
tribe of Khuza`a. "
(Bukhari English reference : Vol 9, Book 88, hadith 242, Arabic reference : Book 93, hadith
7215,Sahih al-Bukhari > Interpretation of Dreams :English Ref -Vol. 9, Book 87, Hadith 153
Arabic Ref :-Book 92, Hadith 7112,Sahih Muslim > The Book of Faith: English Ref : Book
1, Hadith 327 , Arabic Ref :- Book 2, Hadith 447)

Sahih Muslim > The Book Pertaining to the Turmoil and Portents of the Last Hour

Amir b. Sharahil Sha'bi Sha'b Hamdan reported that he asked Fatima, daughter of Qais and
sister of ad-Dahhak b. Qais and she was the first amongst the emigrant women:Behold he
(Dajjal) is in the Syrian sea (Mediterranean) or the Yemen sea (Arabian sea). Nay, on the
contrary, he is in the east, he is in the east, he is in the east, and he pointed with his hand
towards the east. I (Fatima bint Qais) said: I preserved it in my mind (this narration from
Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him).
(Sahih Muslim English reference: Book 41, Hadith 7028; Arabic reference : Book 55, Hadith
7573)

Sahih Muslim > The Book Pertaining to the Turmoil and Portents of the Last Hour ->
Hadith

Anas b. Malik reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:The Dajjal
would be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Isfahan wearing Persian shawls.
(Sahih Muslim English reference: Book 41, Hadith 7034; Arabic reference : Book 55, Hadith
7579)

Sahih Muslim > The Book Pertaining to the Turmoil and Portents of the Last Hour

An-Nawwas b. Sam'an reported: He would appear on the way between Syria and Iraq and
would spread mischief right and left.
(Sahih Muslim English Reference: Book 41, Hadith 7015; Arabic Referenec : Book 55,
Hadith 7559)

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