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Polish civilians salvage items from the ruins of their homes in Warsaw after a German air raid.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 31320

Polish civilians salvage items from the ruins of their homes in Warsaw after a German air raid.

The child carrying the birdcage is Zygmunt Askienow.

In the words of photographer Julien Bryan, "Not far from the center of town a bomb had hit an apartment house and exposed the first, second, and third floors. A boy was walking dazedly back and forth carrying the one possession he had found -- a canary in its cage. He walked up and down over a pile of stones and bricks. Under the pile there were nine or ten bodies, so the neighbors told us, not yet recovered." [Source: Bryan, Julien. "Warsaw 1939 Siege, 1959 Warsaw Revisited." Warsaw, Polonia, 1959, p. 24]

Photographer
Julien Bryan
Date
September 1939
Variant Locale
Warszawa
Varshava
Warschau
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Record last modified: 2010-03-17 00:00:00
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