I wrote this review for 'Amazon UK' a few months ago. A haunting biography indeed. What happens when a Jewish singer and a Jewish pianist ,who both performed at Cate Sztuka manage to survive the Warsaw Ghetto, and emerge at the end of the War, but accuse each other of being collaborators? And the feud lasts for decades. The pianist manages to rebuild their career after experiencing the loss of most of their family in the holocaust, and even gets a posthumous Hollywood film made about him . Official enquiries into the war time years of the singer find nothing incriminating, but her career can never re-start without 'gestapo whore' accusations being slung at her. She survives in a tiny Paris flat until 2009, sinking into bitterness, and paranoia . Well this is the tale of Wladyslaw Szpillman v. Vera Gran. I honestly have no idea if the accusations the two of them made against the other contain any truth whatsoever. I am not taking sides but here is the review : "Vera Gran's life reads as a tragedy that stretches over decades. Agata Tuszynska managed to interview Vera in the last few years of her life, and slowly built up a rapport -not quite a friendship.- that ended when Vera died in 2009. At this time Vera was living in a tiny flat in Paris, a paranoid recluse, surrounded by memorabilia from her days as a famous Jewish Polish singer, who survived the Warsaw Ghetto. The narrative is disjointed, and not followed in a standard timeline. The writer seems keen to avoid a typical 'biography' format. But the salient points of Vera's life are followed, Her rise in 1930's Poland to become a famous singer, who managed to reach the Soviet occupied Poland in 1939. Vera returned to Warsaw and lived in the Jewish Ghetto. She became a popular singer in Cafe Sztuka, famous for its high calibre singers, musicians and cabaret artists . Accompanying her on piano was Wladyslaw Szpilman. The cafe was closed when the deportations east began in the Summer of 1942. On 2nd August 1942, Vera managed to leave the Ghetto, her mother and sisters remained behind to be deported. She survived pretending to be an Aryan Christian, married to a doctor. In 1945 Vera found that in post war Poland, she was accused of having been a collaborator. And one of her leading opponents was Wladyslaw Szpilman,. The rest of her life was overshadowed by these claims.....a series of inquiries found that they were unsubstantiated. The feud with Szpilman worsened , with Vera claiming that she had witnessed him working with the Jewish Police in the Ghetto helping them rounding up Jews to be deported East. Leaving Poland and eventually settling in Paris was not enough to end the animosity. Accusations persisted every time Vera's career prospects began to revive, the accusations of being a 'gestapo whore' even disrupted her attempts to perform as far away as Venezuela and Israel. As Szpilman's fame increased culminating in 'The Pianist' movie directed by Polanski in 2002, Vera Gran's obsessive paranoia and bitterness accelerated. Both are now dead and posthumously Szpiiman seems to have succeeded. The writer meticulously goes through the accusations against Vera, and demolishes them whenever she can. It is apparent that this book is trying clear Vera's name, and has incurred the wrath of people who admire Szpilman in the process. And it has to be said that Vera's counter accusations remain completely unproven. It is worth reading for any interested in the Warsaw Ghetto and how its awful legacy remained to torment survivors."