The Bombing of Frampol
happened during the German invasion of Poland
in 1939. On 13 September, the town of Frampol
), with a population of 4,000, was bombed
by the German Luftwaffe
as a practice run for future missions. Over 60% As Norman Davies
writes in"Europe at War 1939-1945: No Simple Victory":Frampol was chosen partly because it was completely defenceless, and partly because its baroque street plan presented a perfect geometric grid.
The city lacked any military facilities or military defenders.
The bombing of Frampol plays an important part in the short story "The Little Shoemakers" by Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Frampol was chosen as an experimental object, because test bombers, flying at low speed, weren't endangered by AA fire. Also, the centrally placed town hall was an ideal orientation point for the crews. We watched possibility of orientation after visible signs, and also the size of village, what guaranteed that bombs nevertheless fall down on Frampol. From one side it should make easier the note of probe, from second side it should confirm the efficiency of used bombs." - Wolfgang Schreyer
's book "Eyes on the... Read More