Slaughterhouse 58

February 14, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | HISTORY | 0 Comments |

We recall the bombing of Dresden on 13-15 February 1945

By then, the War had reached a point where cruelty and violence was indiscriminate, a mad point born of seemingly ceaseless battle. And Auschwitz had been ‘discovered’ shortly before. And Dresden did have some sorts of military value as a target.  And the German army were fighting a spirited rear-guard action. “And so it goes.”

“It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed. Otherwise we shall come into control of an utterly ruined land … The destruction of Dresden remains a serious query against the conduct of Allied bombing. I am of the opinion that military objectives must henceforward be more strictly studied in our own interests than that of the enemy.  The Foreign Secretary has spoken to me on this subject, and I feel the need for more precise concentration upon military objectives such as oil and communications behind the immediate battle-zone, rather than on mere acts of terror and wanton destruction, however impressive.”  (Winston Churchill 27 March 1945 – better to get wisdom late than never)

“Everything is nothing, with a twist.” (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five)

 

They will play the Dresden Requiem,  that will not only commemorate Dresden, but all the bombed cities of the World through history. That list includes:

Adrianople

Aleppo

Alicante

Antwerp

Baghdad

Barcelona

Basra

Beijing

Beirut

Belfast

Belgrade

Berlin

Bremen

Bucharest

Budapest

Caen

Canton

Cologne

Coventry

Damascus

Darmstadt

Darwin

Dresden

Dubrovnik

Düsseldorf

Essen

Grozny

Guernica

Hamburg

Hanoi

Harar

Hargeisa

Helsinki

Herat

Hiroshima

Homs

Honolulu

Kassel

Leningrad

London

Madrid

Mannheim

Milan

Mosul

Nagasaki

Nanking

Novi Sad

Pforzheim

Pyongyang

Rotterdam

Shanghai

Stalingrad

Tokyo

Turin

Venice

Vienna

Warsaw

Wieluń

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