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Pictures of a Dying City
September 16, 2009   
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Aerial photographs of Warsaw taken by Germany's Luftwaffe air force between 1940 and 1945 and documenting the progressive destruction of the capital are on show in an open-air exhibition.

Showing the last images of the city before its near-total destruction in World War II, the exhibition, called Warsaw from Above, is on display in the courtyard and on the fence of the Polish Armed Forces Museum until Sept. 30.

The pictures come from the National Archives in College Park near Washington. The forgotten collection was discovered in 2007 by Zygmunt Walkowski, an expert on the history of Warsaw who specializes in interpreting photographs of the Polish capital taken during World War II. The photographs document in detail changes in the appearance of Warsaw throughout the period of Nazi occupation and during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

The pictures show Warsaw in the most dramatic months of World War II. The exhibition starts with images of German forces entering Warsaw in 1939. Aerial photographs from 1940 to 1945 make up the main part of the exhibition.

3 Jerozolimskie Ave.
until Sept. 30

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