1 September 1939

On this date 70 years ago, Germany invaded Poland and WWII began.  Babci was buying shoes with her father when the sirens sounded and the planes roared.  I’m reminded that those of us who have never lived through war cannot even imagine the terror.

When fighting began, Poland had a population of 35 million – afterwards, 22 million.

Even then, it wasn’t until 1989, when Poland became the first nation to leave the Eastern Bloc that life began to resemble that of Babci’s pre-shoe-shopping days.

I remain appalled at how little I know about all of this.  Too bad Eli Whitney and the cotton gin doesn’t come up very often at cocktail hour.

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