World War II begins in 1939 / Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939
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2 World War, planes dumping soldiers in parasuits, some has already landed, and are running to seek cover. Photo b/w, history.

2 World War, planes dumping soldiers in parasuits, some has already landed, and are running to seek cover. Photo b/w, history.

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Despite the awfulness of her predicament, in the Kutno ghetto this young Jewish woman manages to smile brightly for the camera as she poses for Hugo Jaeger, Hitler's personal photographer.

Despite the awfulness of her predicament, in the Kutno ghetto this young Jewish woman manages to smile brightly for the camera as she poses for Hugo Jaeger, Hitler's personal photographer.

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Infographic: Auschwitz by the Numbers.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Infographic: Auschwitz by the Numbers. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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Auschwitz, Poland | 9 Haunting Then-And-Now Photos Of World War II Europe -- created by Jo Teuwisse

Auschwitz, Poland | 9 Haunting Then-And-Now Photos Of World War II Europe -- created by Jo Teuwisse

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This is most likely the first photo of a KIA in World War II. This German soldier was killed on the first day of the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939, precisely at Hill 179, near Chojnice.

This is most likely the first photo of a KIA in World War II. This German soldier was killed on the first day of the German invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939, precisely at Hill 179, near Chojnice.

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Young Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland, early morning of 2 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2; the boy with helmet was identified as Tadeusz Rajszczak

Young Polish resistance fighters in Warsaw, Poland, early morning of 2 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2; the boy with helmet was identified as Tadeusz Rajszczak

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Polish nurse caught by the Germans during the invasion of Poland, Sept 1939.

Polish nurse caught by the Germans during the invasion of Poland, Sept 1939.

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