In the depths of war, many people turn to something bigger for reassurance and for hope. Here you can see Józefa Drzewowska and other Polish women in prayer during the Siege of Warsaw. The siege began on September 1st, 1939 after the Germans had invaded Poland. It started with aerial attacks from the German Luftwaff and wrecked havoc on the city and its residents — you can see the pain in the eyes of both women in this photograph, though it manifests in very different ways. During the siege, it was estimated that 140,000 Polish were killed or captured, while an additional 18,000 civilians were killed. Warsaw remained under German control until 1945. “Black Monday”, one of the most crucial days of fighting, is still remembered in Warsaw and in Polish history.
Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland. September 1939.
Image taken by Julien Bryan.