1.Wladyslaw Szpilman - a Polish pianist and classical composer that battled through life in Warsaw as a Jew.
2.Father - the father of Wladyslaw Szpilman; taught music lessons as a job
3.Mother - the mother of Wladyslaw Szpilman; taught music lessons as a job
4.Regina - the sister of Wladyslaw Szpilman; she had a job as a lawyer
5.Halina - the sister of Wladyslaw Szpilman; taught music lessons as a job
6.Henryk - the brother of Wladyslaw Szpilman; taught English as a job
7.Majorek - delivers sacks of potatoes to city daily while smuggling ammunition underneath them
8.Czeslaw Lewicki - a former colleague from the radio station; gives Wladyslaw Szpilman a bachelor flat to hide in
9.Mrs. Malczewska - brings Wladyslaw Szpilman supplies while he hides in the flat
10.Zbigniew Jaworski - a former colleague from the radio station; allows Wladyslaw Szpilman to stay with him for a while
11.Helena Lewicka - Mrs. Jaworska’s sister-in-law; looked after Wladyslaw Szpilman when he was under ailment
1.Parvenus - A person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity Sentence: The parvenus brush against the walls of the ghetto, blinded from the ruthless annihilation that is taking place beyond them.
2.Agog - very eager or curious to hear or see something Sentence: The Jews were agog to discover whether the Germans had been defeated by France yet.
3.Surreptitiously - to keep something a secret Sentence: The Jews smuggled the bread surreptitiously in order to stay alive.
4.Paradox - a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true Sentence: The thought of being sent into a gas chamber was paradox.