A young Polish boy returns to what was his home and squats among the ruins during a pause in the German air raids on Warsaw, Poland, in September of 1939. German attacks lasted until Warsaw surrendered on September 28. One week later, the last of the Polish forces capitulated near Lublin, giving full control of Poland to Germany and the Soviet Union. (AP Photo/Julien Bryan)
"Friends" soon to be bitter enemies: German and Soviet troops meet during the German-Soviet invasion of Poland in Sept 1939. Berlin and Moscow divided Poland among themselves. In less than two years after this photo was taken, the Wehrmacht rolled across the Soviet frontier.
This is Sigmund Sobolewski. He was the 88th prisoner to enter into Auschwitz. Born to a Catholic family in Poland, Sobolewski was an officer in the Polish Army when Germany invaded the country. He would survive the initial invasion only to be arrested for his father’s anti-Nazi activities. Only 17 years old when he arrived at Auschwitz on the very first transport to the fledgling camp in June of 1940, he would spend the next four and a half years there, until the camp’s liberation in January…
Adolf Hitler salutes his troops invading Poland, Sept 1939. This is one of the rare photos where Hitler is caught carrying a sidearm, something he almost never did. He did not need to do it anyway: his immediate security detail comprised at least 30 heavily armed SS (always invisible).