Wladyslaw was 18 in 1939. He was a pianist on Polish radio and found himself locked up with his family in the Warsaw ghetto. The inhabitants are rounded up and piled up on trains to the concentration and extermination camps. Wladyslaw is saved in extremis by a guard, he finds himself alone in the city and must hide ... According to "the pianist" by Wladyslaw Szpilman, edited by Robert Laffont. Book that inspired Roman Polanski's film.