“People Are My Topic”: The Julien Bryan Collection in Warsaw

“Most important in the story of Warsaw besieged are not ruined buildings or guns or German bombers overhead. Most important in that story is what happened to the inhabitants of Warsaw. [...]” These words of American photojournalist Julien Bryan perfectly describe the character of his collection at IPN.

Women and children seek shelter under the arches of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, ca. September 15, 1939

National Socialist German Workers Party congress in Nuremberg, 1937

Sandbagged windows of the Bristol Hotel on Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw, September 1939 (hand-colored slide)

Julien Bryan at the barricade on Zygmuntowska Street (now a section of Solidarności Avenue) in Warsaw's Praga district, 7.IX.1939 (hand-colored slide)

Newlyweds in Warsaw, 1946

Twelve-year-old Kazimiera Kostewicz weeps over the body of her sister Anna, killed by German airmen near the intersection of Ostroroga and Wawrzyszewska streets in Warsaw, September 1939

Bryan's meeting with Kazimiera Mica, née Kostewicz, 1959

Sam Bryan at the opening of the exhibition "An American in Warsaw. The Capital in the Lens of Julien Bryan 1936-1974" at the History Meeting House in Warsaw, 19.XI.2010

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