1946 Photographer Using A Painted Backdrop To Cover War-torn Warsaw, Poland After WWII (Colorized)
The Juxtaposition Is Starking
Hitler began WWII by invading Poland under the false pretense that the Polish were persecuting ethnic Germans and a Nazi staged a Polish attack on a German radio station. Even after Hitler and the Germans knew the war was lost, he ordered the complete demolition of Warsaw purely out of spite. The destruction was so complete that Polish authorities considered moving the capital to Łodź. The reconstruction took place mostly thanks to the former residents and displaced Poles who returned and began the process themselves.