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Warsaw- 1939 by Livadialilacs Warsaw- 1939 by Livadialilacs
An American Photographer, Julien Bryan, comforting a grief-stricken girl, named Kazimiera Mika - whose older sister had been killed during a German air raid.

September 1939 - Warsaw, Poland

In the words of photographer Julien Bryan, "As we drove by a small field at the edge of town we were just a few minutes too late to witness a tragic event, the most incredible of all. Seven women had been digging potatoes in a field. There was no flour in their district, and they were desperate for food. Suddenly two German planes appeared from nowhere and dropped two bombs only two hundred yards away on a small home. Two women in the house were killed. The potato diggers dropped flat upon the ground, hoping to be unnoticed. After the bombers had gone, the women returned to their work. They had to have food.

But the Nazi fliers were not satisfied with their work. In a few minutes they came back and swooped down to within two hundred feet of the ground, this time raking the field with machine-gun fire. Two of the seven women were killed. While I was photographing the bodies, a little ten-year old girl came running up and stood transfixed by one of the dead.

The woman was her older sister. The child had never before seen death and couldn't understand why her sister would not speak to her... The child looked at us in bewilderment. I threw my arm about her and held her tightly, trying to comfort her. She cried. So did I and the two Polish officers who were with me..."


The girl can be seen around near the end of this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8eAmF…

b&w photos coloured by me.
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theheek Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
what happened to the girl?
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She grew up and became old. She's still alive today, I think.
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theheek Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
so much killing so many lives gone such hatred
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :(
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spook95613 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the reminder and the sensitivity of your work.
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome.
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mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
This is so sad...These things really get to you,you know?
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. :tears:
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mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
When I saw the end of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,I got a little teary eyed. The kids didn't even know what was gonna happen to them,it's really sad.
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DanielleFioreModel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Impressive. No words to add.
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