POLAND: Terrible Silence

Two days after the Red Army captured Warsaw, the Lublin Government moved in, too, and became the Warsaw Government.

Warsaw greeted the Red Army with a terrible silence—the silence of death. For Warsaw was one vast black mound of wreckage, above which ravaged buildings still stood like lightning-blasted trees. Two sieges (by the Germans and the Russians) and the fierce uprising of the Polish underground had reduced the city to dust and ashes. A few half-starved people crawled out of the rubble. With bony fingers they pointed the way to huge ditches dug by the Germans in Warsaw's heart—the...

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