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A group of Polish women pray on their knees before a large crucifix hanging outside an old wooden church that had been bombed by German aircraft a day earlier.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 64420

A group of Polish women pray on their knees before a large crucifix hanging outside an old wooden church that had been bombed by German aircraft a day earlier.

In the words of photographer Julien Bryan, "The entire right wing of the building had been blown away, and where this section had been was an enormous crater, thirty feet across and fifteen feet deep. The rest of the building was still standing. A young Catholic priest with a serene face showed us about. Luckily, he said, they had heard the alarm for an air attack and he managed to get all his parishioners out of the church before the bomb struck." [Source: Bryan, Julien. "Warsaw 1939 Siege, 1959 Warsaw Revisited." Warsaw, Polonia, 1959, p. 22]

Photographer
Julien Bryan
Date
September 1939
Variant Locale
Warszawa
Varshava
Warschau
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Record last modified: 2009-07-10 00:00:00
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