In the second part of the interview with Halina Szpilman, talks about her husband's, Władysław Szpilman, time in hiding during the war and his success as both a writer of classical and pop music after the war.

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Filip Mazurczak: We are marking the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising. Over the past seven decades, Poles have been debating whether or not the insurrection was warranted, or whether it just led to the wanton spilling of human blood. Your husband, Władysław Szpilman, was in hiding in Warsaw when the city was razed to the ground. Did he ever have a position on whether the Uprising was necessary or not?

Halina Szpilman: He certainly had no reason to formulate an opinion about whether the Warsaw Uprising was necessary or not. The drama was when he went into the streets and looked at the ruined city, as he knew it before the war, when it was completely different. I don’t think he would ever dare to ask if it was necessary or not.

There were debates about whether or not the Uprising was justified, and

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