The city was being bombed at every turn and everyday people were being killed by the bombs. Many people lost their homes because of what happened and the whole city was being destroyed. The people in his village also had to walk past their friends who were dead and left in the street. Szpilman talked about how bad the bodies smelled as they walked by because the bodies were rotting in the street (Szpilman 42). The Jews who were still alive felt very happy because they were still alive and they thought they were safe from danger because the bombing had stopped for awhile.Szpilman describes the first problems with the Germans as nothing very bad. He saws when a Jew was seen on the street by the Germans they were taken away in a car to some place, and then kicked or slapped while the Germans asked them questions. They did not see this situation as very bad because people always came back to their families.There were many laws that they called decrees that the Germans put in the village that were specific to tell Jews what to do. These decrees were rules that the Germans made up to make the Jews do things. As an example, Jews had to give all their real estate to the Germans and they could only keep a certain amount of money in their house. The rest of their money had to go into the bank (Szpilman 45). Most Jews began to hide anything that was valuable in a place where they hoped the Germans could not find it. These were the early years of the German occupation of Jewish towns and many Jews chose to leave. Those that chose to leave went to Russia. They. Warsaw Ghetto and The Pianist.
Szpilman, Wladslaw. The Pianist. NY: Picador, 1999.
United States Holocaust Museum. " Szpilmans Warsaw" The History Behind The Pianist" .
http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/pianist 12 May 2011.
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