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Warsaw Through the Lens of Julien Bryan
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Warsaw Through the Lens of Julien Bryan
December 30, 2010   
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An American in Warsaw: The Polish Capital Through the Lens of Julien Bryan, 1936-1974 is a multimedia exhibition at the History Meeting House in Warsaw dedicated to Bryan (1899-1974), an American photographer, filmmaker and war correspondent whose photos of Warsaw under siege in 1939 went around the world and whose film Siege left its more than 80 million viewers under no illusions about the true face of “modern warfare.” The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1941.

The main part of the exhibition, prepared in collaboration with the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), comprises photos taken by Bryan during his visits to Warsaw in 1936, 1939, 1946, 1959 and 1974. The photos have been compiled and collated to detail the city’s metamorphosis from being the thriving “Paris of Eastern Europe” to its tragic wartime occupation and destruction and, finally, its postwar reconstruction.

Bryan, who was in Warsaw in September 1939, while the city was under siege, was the only foreign correspondent whose films and photos have survived. These materials depict the opening weeks of WW II as they actually unfolded and reveal that the results of Hitler’s invasion of Poland were the untold pain and suffering of innocent civilians, the wanton destruction of homes, hospitals and churches, and the flight of thousands of refugees.

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Open until Feb. 20

History Meeting House; 20 Karowa St., Warsaw
Open Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission free

For more information, go to www.dsh.waw.pl/en
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