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Those Who Dared

The outstanding individuals listed here risked their lives, many repeatedly, to perform or organize clandestine concerts, and/or publish, collect, teach or study anything regarding Chopin and other Polish composers during the Nazi occupation of Poland. This is only the beginning: There will undoubtedly be many more discoveries! 

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Click on their photos to read their biographies. Their wartime contributions are highlighted in bold within their biographies and  audio/video links to their performances are included as available.

Pawel Lewiecki.jpg
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Sydow Bronislaw Edward portrait
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Henryk Sztompka.jpg
Halina Czerny Stefanska.jpg
Waldemar Maciszewski.jpg
Wladyslaw Szpilman.jpg
Grazyna Bacewicz.jpg
Zofia Rabcewidz.jpg
FC Jan Ekier_edited_edited.jpg
Piotr Perkowski.jpg
FC-Andrzej Wasowski.jpg
Natalia Karp pianist.jpg
Ludmila Berkwic pianist in Poland during
Olga Iliwicka-Dabrowska.jpg
FC-Irena Dubiska - violinist.jpg
FC-Eugenia Umińska.jpg
FC-Zbigniew Drzewiecki.jpg
FC-Witold Lutoslawski.jpg
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