Life inside Nazi-occupied Poland, 1939-1940

 

On the anniversary of the creation of the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, Life.com has published a series of photos from Hugo Jaeger that depict the city and the smaller ghetto of Kutno in the earliest days of World War II. Jaeger, who was Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer, had “unprecedented access to the Third Reich’s upper echelon,” and traveled with Hitler to document his public and private moments, according to Life.com.

Click here to see the full gallery and learn more about Jaeger at LIFE.com.

 

An elderly Jewish man speaks with German officers rounding up Jews in Kutno, Poland, 1939.

Source: Hugo Jaeger

Residents in Kutno, Poland, 1939.

Source: Hugo Jaeger

Unidentified women in Kutno, Poland, 1939.

Source: Hugo Jaeger

Signs that say “Typhus area. Passage permitted only while traveling,” in Warsaw, Poland, 1940.

Source: Hugo Jaeger

Warsaw, Poland, in 1940. The sign says “Danger zone, do not proceed.”

Source: Hugo Jaeger

Residents in Kutno, Poland, 1939.

Source: Hugo Jaeger