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The Apocalypse 1939 - 1945



Ruins of the Branicki Palace at Ulica Miodowa, September 1939. As a result of bombing and artillery fire, the city was severely damaged; among other objects to be damaged were the whole of the Old Town including St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Palace, the palaces of Ulica Miodowa and Plac Bankowy, the Philharmonic and the Grand Theatre. (Postcard)





Adolf Hitler Platz, 1940. A visible sign of the German occupation in Warsaw – in addition to renamed street and square names – were the flags with swastikas which were hanged all over the city, above all on administrative buildings taken over by the occupying authorities. This was particularly evident in the city centre – for example, on Piłsudskiego Square, renamed Adolf Hitler Platz. (Postcard)





Ghetto wall during occupation. On October 12, 1940 the official decision by German authorities to seal off the Ghetto was announced, although preparations to separate the Jewish district had been initiated as early as spring of the same year; the Ghetto was finally sealed on November 16, 1940. An area of approximately 400 hectares was separated from the rest of the city by a wall 18 km long. Hundreds of thousands of Jews found themselves inside. Divided by a three-meter high wall, as near Plac Żelaznej Bramy or Ulica Próżna, the streets of Warsaw were a moving sight... (Photo: nn)



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