Polish refugees leave Warsaw

Refugees leave Warsaw

Civilians flee Warsaw following the German invasion of Poland.

Hundreds of thousands of both Jewish refugees and non-Jewish refugees fled the advancing German army into eastern Poland, hoping that the Polish army would halt the German advance in the west. Many of the refugees fled without a specific destination in mind. They traveled on foot or by any available transport—cars, bicycles, carts, or trucks—clogging roads to the east. Most took only what they could carry.


  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Julien Bryan
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