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1939: The War Against The Jews
 pg. 175 
German infantry troops parade through the streets of Warsaw to celebrate the Nazi victory over Poland. Four short but murderous weeks after Germany invaded Poland, Warsaw fell. Poland was conquered, and the lives of its 3.3 million Jewish inhabitants were imperiled. Hitler took great pleasure in viewing these choreographed victory celebrations, which were utilized by the Nazi propaganda machine to drive home the message of Aryan superiority.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
Inhabitants of Warsaw, Poland, sort through the ruins of their city. The combined air and artillery assaults were devastating. Although Hitler declared that Germany did not wage war on innocent civilians, nothing could have been further from the truth. About 50,000 Polish civilians were killed or wounded during the German offensive, and 25 percent of Warsaw's buildings were destroyed.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
Hitler salutes the passing columns of troops in Warsaw to celebrate the crushing of Poland. After defeating Poland on the battlefield, German troops occupied the western portions of the country. Nazi swastikas were prominently displayed, while German soldiers and members of the Gestapo and SS were deployed throughout the region. The Nazi presence was inescapable.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive
 October 8, 1939: The restriction of Jews to Nazi-enforced ghettos begins at Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland.
 October 10, 1939: The Germans create a Generalgouvernement in Poland. It is an administrative area not incorporated into Greater Germany. The Germans will locate their death camps in the Generalgouvernement.
 October 12, 1939: The Nazi deportation of Jews from Austria and Moravia to Poland begins.
 October 12, 1939: Hans Frank is appointed governor-general of Occupied Poland.
 Mid-October 1939: The SS begins mass killings of "mental defectives" in a forest outside Piasnica, Poland, near Danzig.
 October 16, 1939: Kraków, one of the most important Jewish communities since the 1300s, is designated the capital of the Generalgouvernement.
1939: The War Against The Jews
 pg. 175 
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