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September 1 1939: Germany invades Poland

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ON September 1 1939 Germany invaded Poland and set the ball rolling for World War 2. Hundreds of thousands of German troops invaded from Slovakia, East Prussia and Pomerania. We know of the horrors that followed. Could the Poles have imagined a worse fate?

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A young Polish boy returns to what was his home and squats among the ruins during a pause in the German air raids on Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 1939 in World War II. (AP Photo/Julien Bryan)