18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition 2-23 October 2020 - Press Briefing 18 May

18th Chopin Competition Warsaw

The Press briefing was streamed online with simultaneous English translation on Monday 18 May at 13.00 CET
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eighteenth edition of the Chopin Competition has been postponed for a year. The competition will now take place from October 2-23, 2021 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.
The decision to transfer the Competition was made by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Piotr Gliński, in agreement with the director of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Dr Artur Szklener. The decision was preceded by consultations with the health ministry and the main sanitary inspector.
"We would like to assure all interested parties that we are making every effort to ensure that the eighteenth edition of the C…

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 19th April - 16th May 1943 - 77th Anniversary

In a history increasingly bleached by time, Warsaw suffered gross physical destruction by the Nazis, murderous repressions without parallel in revenge for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising from 19th April - 16th May 1943 and the Warsaw Uprising of August 1944. 

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest and most infamous of the Nazi ghettos where a total of almost 480,000 Jews[1] died from either disease, malnutrition, execution or simply murdered at Treblinka. In the ghetto it was said that everyone had ‘death in his eyes’ or ‘a skull instead of a face’.[2] The creation of it necessitated the displacement of over two hundred thousand Poles and Jews from their homes and businesses. A popular saying among Germans at the time was ‘The Poles we hate instinctively; the Jews we hate in accordance with orders.’[3] The displaced lost everything. 
The Germans divided the ghetto into three main sections. In the ‘Little Ghetto’ wealthy Jews and the intelligentia lived well. 

The pianist Władisław Szpilman (known…