Dresden_ Tuesday, February 13, 1945
|Автор:||@petabyte (Science and technology)|
|Дата создания:||26.04.2020 08:29|
|Описание:||'This book is the result of thorough historical research combining all the strategic, economic,and social, factors that led to the devastating bombing of Dresden in February 1945. That much is obvious from the wealth of details provided by the author,Frederick Taylor. He starts by providing a historic background of Dresden, capital of the kingdom of Saxony, under Augustus the Strong, who turned Dresden into a beautiful Baroque monument in the XVII century and brings it to the 1930s. The thriving antebellum art and cultural center, the Mecca of wealthy and cultivated foreigners on their Grand Tour, Dresden illustrates the contradiction of Nazi Germany itself: that magnificent heritage did not prevent the city from embracing Nazism and, consequently, share its fate. Victor Kemperer, a Jew who lived through it all, an author in his own right, witnessed the extent to which his beloved city turned against him and the civilized world, while cherishing its brilliant reputation as a showcase of art and refinement. Although Taylor does not imply that Dresden deserved its awful fate, he simply points out that the city had become a hub of Germany's military activities for its war in the east. A center of communication and transportation, its importance was bound to attract Allied attention, especially as the Red Army approached it its gates. In an attempt to facilitate the Russian's conquest, the strategists of the Allied Bomber Command targeted it for destruction and on February 13, hundreds of Lancaster and B-17 bombers crowded the skies above the jewel on the Elbe and practically bombed it into oblivion. As appalling as the death toll was the manner in which innocent civilians perished in the holocaust. Many asphyxiated in crowded inadequate shelters; others were cooked alive in garden fountains where they had sought relief from burns; yet others were sucked into the raging firestorms that uprooted trees. Afterward charred skeletal remains of men, women, and children littered the streets of Dresden. After weigh|
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