Magazine July 30, 2018, Issue

A Man for Japan

Christopher Szpilman (Sato Chitose)
Meet Christopher Szpilman, the pianist’s son


In Polish, there are two ways of saying that someone, or something, has died. One form is for human beings; the other is for animals. When Stalin died, Christopher Szpilman was just shy of two years old. He was going around saying that Stalin had died — using the form for animals. He must have heard it from some adult. His grandmother hit him and shut him up — because those words could have been dangerous for the family.

Szpilman has had a remarkable journey since then: bouncing from Poland to Britain to America to Japan, with various points in between.

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