Looking back | The refugee crisis during World War II
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Looking back | The refugee crisis during World War II

Grim-faced refugees stand in a group on a street in La Gleize, Belgium, on Jan. 2, 1945. They are waiting to be transported from the war-torn town after its recapture by American forces during the German thrust into Belgium.

 (Peter J. Carroll / Associated Press)

Smolensk, an important city on the road to Moscow, as it was when the Germans entered following the Russian evacuation. Very few buildings were left standing when refugees returning to their homes Aug. 26, 1941.

 (Associated Press)

Riding on a tandem bicycle, a French family flees the German Army offensive in the north of France in May 1940. About 10 million people fled toward the south during this period.

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A crowd of refugees on the pier March 4, 1944, at Haifa, Israel, after landing.

 (Associated Press)

French refugees, who had not eaten for three or more days, rest and receive food from troops in a field behind the Allied lines June 20, 1944.

 (Associated Press)

Russians leave their homes as the war moves closer to the Eastern front.

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German soldiers assist Soviet refugees who joined them in a planned retreat from a railway station on the eastern front in Russia, on Nov. 6, 1943.

 (Associated Press)

Truckloads of German refugees arrive at the Russian-American frontier to await passage into the Russian-held zone Nov. 6, 1945.

 (Peter J. Carroll / Associated Press)

Long columns of Polish men and women move through the streets of Warsaw to less destroyed areas Sept. 15, 1944.

 (Associated Press)

A long line of German refugees trudge through the streets of Aachen, Germany, on Oct. 16, 1944, as they head for the safety behind Allied lines.

 (Associated Press)

Italian refugees are given a dusting of DDT at camp Raichenau in Innsbruck, Austria, on June 18, 1945, before a train trip to Balzano, Italy.

 (Associated Press)

A weary refugee passes the time with his musical instrument on July 7, 1945.

 (Frank Noel / Associated Press)

German refugees make their way home through the Gros Topfer checkpoint on Nov. 6, 1945.

 (Peter J. Carroll / Associated Press)

Soviet refugees on the road after being forced out by Germans in 1941.

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