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Women Wait in Line for Bread

Women Wait in Line for Bread

Polish women line up for bread distribution in besieged Warsaw. These women waited for hours and received only one loaf for an entire family. As is evident from this photograph, Bryan was always eager to capture on film – as he did everywhere in the world – the humanity of the people with whom he shared time and space. After the war, he said:

For after all the great story of the siege of Warsaw was not the ruined buildings, or the guns, or the German bombers overhead. The great story was what happened to the common people in Warsaw, the old men and women, mothers, little babies, and the tens of thousands of civilian workers who carried on, who did not quit their job[s].

US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive