Kurt Vonnegut: The Bombing of Dresden

“You guys burnt the place down, turned it into a single column of flame. More people died there in the firestorm, in that one big flame.. than died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.”

American writer Kurt Vonnegut was best known for his book Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969), which is a satirical novel about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. Vonnegut’s use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, as he was present during the bombing. It changed his life forever. Here is a speaking appearance in 1997 where he discusses this topic.

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Dresden Remembrance Street Action

This years Dresden remembrance. In Deutsche with no subtitles but it is very important to understand that some Germans are finding the strength to speak the truth.

In front of the crowd, convicted “Nazi” and Holocaust denier Gerhard Ittner declared himself to be a “national socialist” and glorified Nazi ideology as a “model for the whole world.” Police announced on Twitter that his comments could have legal repercussions. Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany.

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Ittner is  notorious in Germany and has in the past been convicted of multiple crimes, including sedition. After fleeing the country in 2005, he was captured in Portugal and deported to Germany to face one-and-a-half years imprisonment.

They faced opposition from protesters who attempted to block the path of the two marches, but the rallies passed mainly peacefully.

Others took part in the second rally on Saturday, organized by  Dresden local, Maik Müller.

 

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Thousands of people have formed a human chain in Dresden in a message of “peace and reconciliation” marking the anniversary of the deadly Allied firebombing of the eastern German city near the end of World War II.

The dpa news agency reported that Mayor Dirk Hilbert told the crowd linking hands across the Elbe River bridge to remember the past as they view conflicts today where “human dignity is trampled underfoot.”

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