books: March 2004 Archives

The Pianist

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Wilm Hosenfeld

I have just finished reading The Pianist, by Wladyslaw Szpilman. Some of you may have seen the recent movie about the book.
It was a very good book. It showed the depth of the oppression of Poland very well and the hardship and constant fear that the people were put through.
One of the most compeling parts of the book was in the end, where some of the diary of Wilm Hosenfeld, the German officer who help Szpilman, was written. Many times I think of the Germans of the WWII era as being almost unhuman and not deserving of compasion and forgivness, but I fail to realize that they were also people. They become an almost idea of all that is evil, which is not correct. I was realy moved by Hosenfeld's diary and how he observed the events which he took part of.

- There are no commandments now against stealing, killing, or lying, not if they go against people's personal interest. This denial of God's commandments leads to

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