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Prelude to war and scenes of destruction inflicted by the invading German army in Warsaw

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.4006 | Film ID: 3004

Sequence of outtakes begins with German planes flying overhead in 1939 during the German invasion of Poland. The Germans surround Poland from the south and the north, eventually reaching Warsaw and destroying the city. CU at 01:18:19 that shows an eagle insignia, in the hands of a soldier, who is marching along the street, air attack over Warsaw, scenes of Warsaw and posters that were on the streets. They are all in Polish, they are propaganda posters featuring swastikas and soldiers. Warsaw burning [most likely stock news footage] at 01:18:32, followed by shots of Poles taking to the streets of Warsaw to dig trenches to protect against the ongoing Germany army attack. More stocks shots of bombs dropping from planes. 01:18:53 Julien Bryan footage resumes with shots of victims walking over the rubble of destroyed buildings in Warsaw, including a church and a hospital, cleaning up, etc. 01:19:00 Scene of dead bodies in a field, a woman is covering the faces of the dead. CU of a young girl wiping tears from her eyes as she looks at the corpses. 01:19:13 Little boy with his canary in a cage in the midst of all the rubble. 01:19:42 In a Warsaw hospital maternity ward-one doctor and one nurse care for several mothers with their newborn babies lined up in the hospital's basement hallways on the floor (shelter from ongoing bombings). 01:20:04 More scenes of the city burning. Frontline footage of the Polish army with tanks and cavalry attempting to defend their lines. More stock shots of an unidentified bridge exploding, a building collapsing in flames, etc. The war years scroll by on an animated map with flames, beginning with 1940 until 1945.

**From Julien Bryan's film "Poland the Country and the People" released in 1948.**

Event:  1939 September
Production:  1948
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:48:18
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