Polish family huddling before the Opera House in Warsaw, Poland, Sep 1939 / Julien Bryan

Polish family huddling before the Opera House in Warsaw, Poland, Sep 1939 / Julien Bryan

The Brink of Oblivion: Color Photos From Nazi-Occupied Poland, 1939-1940 | LIFE.com

The Brink of Oblivion: Color Photos From Nazi-Occupied Poland, 1939-1940

The Brink of Oblivion: Color Photos From Nazi-Occupied Poland, 1939-1940 | LIFE.com

Warsaw, Poland, Girls selling armbands with the Magen David (Star of David).

Warsaw, Poland, Girls selling armbands with the Magen David (Star of David).

Everyday life in Warsaw during the war.  This family built a makeshift camp in front of the ruins of their burned-out home. Photo by U.S. photographer Julien Bryan.

Everyday life in Warsaw during the war. This family built a makeshift camp in front of the ruins of their burned-out home. Photo by U.S. photographer Julien Bryan.

"Polish priest and other Polish civilians as German hostages awaiting execution in Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 1939. The executions were revenge killings for Bloody Sunday, when ethnic Germans living in the same town were subjected to mysterious killings two days before the German invasion. The German army immediately perceived the killings as a Polish-instigated massacre. The exact facts about Bloody Sunday are still disputed."

"Polish priest and other Polish civilians as German hostages awaiting execution in Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 1939. The executions were revenge killings for Bloody Sunday, when ethnic Germans living in the same town were subjected to mysterious killings two days before the German invasion. The German army immediately perceived the killings as a Polish-instigated massacre. The exact facts about Bloody Sunday are still disputed."

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

[Photo] 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

German soldiers remove Polish government insignias on the first day of the war in Europe. Danzig, East Prussia (now Gdańsk, Poland). 1st of September 1939.

German soldiers remove Polish government insignias on the first day of the war in Europe. Danzig, East Prussia (now Gdańsk, Poland). 1st of September 1939.

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