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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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:iconmlpfan1982:
mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad :(
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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:iconmlpfan1982:
mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:(
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
what happened to the girl?
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:iconlivadialilacs:
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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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
so much killing so many lives gone such hatred
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:iconlivadialilacs:
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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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome.
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:iconmlpfan1982:
mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sad...These things really get to you,you know?
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. :tears:
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:iconmlpfan1982:
mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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DementedlyMe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
This just sends chills down my spine. My little sister was killed in an accident... Sometimes I wish it had been me, sometimes I'm glad it was her, so she wouldn't have to see me die. The thought that this little girl didn't understand why her sister wouldn't speak... God, I'm tearing up now.

You've done a wonderful job with all of these photos. They're informative, incredible, and some of them make me glad I'm here and alive, and hug my family a bit tighter that night. Keep it up. :)
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's horrible. I'm sorry about your little sister.

And thank you so very much! I'm glad my colored photos is enough to help people to appreciate their families and lives even more. That's one of my goals. :)
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:iconjissel-angel:
Jissel-Angel Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh! I cried while reading the description! War is a terribel thing...
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :tears:
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:icontheprussianhomage:
thePrussianHomage Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Kazimiera Mika, 2 years ago:
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:)
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconarzasfanelia:
arzasfanelia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
wow...
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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:iconarzasfanelia:
arzasfanelia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Hey can you explain something to me. When I was looking at your reply your icon caught my eye but I don't really understand it. Is there supposed to be a second picture or something or is it just a cool effect?
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a cool vintage effect. :D
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:iconcowswithguns101:
CowsWithGuns101 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Oh my god...poor kid.
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :(
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:iconithypno:
ithypno Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
.... wow.
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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:iconjesusismybestie:
jesusismybestie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
moving beyond words... seeing the girl at the end... wow... just, wow
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :'(
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:iconajhistoric2:
ajhistoric2 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:cries:
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'(
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:iconsea2sea:
sea2sea Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Writer
It's all so sad...

your work is impressive as always
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :hug:
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:iconsea2sea:
sea2sea Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Writer
You're welcome :hug:
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:icontypicaltraveler:
typicaltraveler Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
The poor babe. I looked for her in the video, and seeing her just made things more real. A really well done photo.
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. That's what I was thinking too. Thank you!
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:iconflippypeace:
Flippypeace Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
holy firetruck! It was sad seeing that girl in the video! :'( This is way to sad...
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! :'(
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:iconmuttins:
Muttins Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So so very powerful. :heart: Your work is always so beautiful.
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhistoricalgirl:
historicalgirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very emotional and moving photo. Poor girl I always want to cry when I see photos like that. They shows how cruel was war for people and especially for children. This is one of the most stunning. :(
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. :(
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:iconrednight94:
rednight94 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
That's awful, poor girl... :(
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
This is an emotional and heart wrenching picture. Everyone suffers in war, but civilians and children are affected the worst. :tears:
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. Sadly. :(
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Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That poor girl. These images just break my heart. You did a very good job coloring, but it still doesn't change how terribly sad it is.
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:iconlivadialilacs:
Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. Thank you. :hug:
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:iconghostgirl-shanika:
Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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