“World War II Erupts!” Looking back 70 years
It was 70 years ago today that Nazi Germany invaded Poland, spelling doom for millions of Polish Jews and those expelled from Germany.
While Nazi terror persisted for several years prior, including the widespread persecution and murder of Jews, September 1, 1939, marked the day Hitler’s troops advanced on Polish soil. This act of war followed the armed occupation of Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia. It was the beginning of a ruthless campaign to rid Eastern Europe of “the Jewish problem.”
Never Again! wishes to pause and reflect on the millions of Jews who were terrorized, systematically exterminated and tortured during this bloody campaign.
For a great map that estimates the number of Jews killed by country, see my very first entry on this blog.
Below the Chicago Tribune image are a few of the articles from various media:
Personal account of Polish Jew (Annapolis Capital)
Poland’s Jews commemorate WWII (EJ Press)
Yad Vashem marks 70th Anniv. of WWII (EJ Press)
Poland Remembers WWII (NY Times)
Poland marks WWII anniversary (ABC News)
Remembering those who fought and died in WWII (Las Vegas Sun)
TIMELINE-The road to WWII (Reuters)
What started the war? (Arts & History Blog)