World War II sites in Poland

Invasion of Poland

There are many World War II sites in Poland. Chamberlain's radio broadcast and declaration of war against Germany on 3 September 1939 at 11 am is one of the most-played radio broadcasts in the history of radio and has featured within numerous films and documentaries. Because of this, most people today are aware that World War II started due to Germany’s invasion of Poland.

World War II devastated most people’s lives, it was a very dark period in history, particularly for Polish citizens who were immensely influenced by the events that took place between 1939 and 1945. Every part of the country was affected by the actions of Nazi Germany and numerous war related sites can still be found in Poland today to bear witness to the many atrocities of WWII that occurred within its borders.

Warsaw Uprising

The most tragic event of World War II was the Holocaust. This was the genocide of the European Jews. During the period 1941 to 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered around six million Jews with many of the mass extermination camps being located in German-occupied Poland including the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The single largest military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II happened during the Warsaw Uprising; which was fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was led by the Polish Resistance Home Army in an attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation. If you are ever in Warsaw, a visit to the Rising Museum is highly recommended.

On this page, you will find detailed information about some of Poland’s most visited World War II sites.

Step into one of the darkest periods in human history with entry to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most infamous of Poland's World War II sites.

One of the most interesting of Poland's World War II sites and located in Oskar Schindler's former factory, the Schindler’s Factory Museum is a poignant look at life in Krakow during World War II. It's located in central Krakow and easily reachable on foot and by public transport.