German soldier from “The Pianist” posthumously honoured in Berlin

June 20th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, June 20 (ANI): A German army officer who rose to fame with Roman Polanski’s 2002 film The Pianist has been honoured posthumously by Jews in Berlin.

Capt. Wilhelm Hosenfeld saved the life of Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman during the Nazi genocide in Poland.

His role was portrayed by actor Thomas Kretschmann in the Oscar winning movie.

Hosenfeld was honoured as one of the few German soldiers who aided Jews during the Holocaust.

His son was present to receive the Righteous Among The Nations certificate and medal on Friday (19Jun09).

“We’re aware of the fact that this is the highest honour the state of Israel awards to non-Jews,” Contactmusic quoted Hosenfeld as saying. (ANI)

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