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Dresden, a burning city
By Georg E Mateos
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Last edited: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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Walther's home town suffered a holocaust nobody wants to remember, nobody wants to take responsibility for, nobody wants to say sorry because it would have amounted to a mea culpa declaration.
Other's bestiality in war shouldn't be an excuse for us to practice our own brand of bestiality.

Illustration: a photo of Dresden piled victims long wall.

Excerpt from the book under work:
The Life of Walther Alexander

February 13th, 1945, Dresden was bulging like a bubble ready to burst after having its population more than double by all the refugees pouring from the east and many trying to reach safety from Berlin’s havoc up north.
Dresden had become a hospital city with thousand upon thousand of soldiers and civilians overwhelming the overworked and overloaded infirmaries.
Dresden didn’t have air defense because Dresden didn’t had military installations, factories, but an agreement to have the city under the Red Cross umbrella, a war refugee safe haven.
The only thing Dresden had was a railway’s communication junction.
When the allied decided to bomb it, in the US Command plans was the destruction of all the railways lines; Dresden city wasn’t in the equation.
Why the Englishmen allied decide to bomb a defenseless city full of civilians can only be interpreted as an act of revenge for London bombing on other innocent people. In the eyes of the Air Marshal Arthur Harris it was to discourage the German population?…of what? Because, the Nazi radio wouldn’t tell of setbacks or loses, so?…it was OK to terror-bombe people already terrorized by years under the Gestapo, SS and spitzels.
A regime that didn’t valued life of others wouldn’t value those of their own.
The clusters of red candle flares dropped by the first bombers, which like hundreds of Christmas trees, lit up the night sky, a sure sign it would be a big air raid. Then came the first wave of hundreds of British bombers that hit a little after 10 p.m., followed by two more intense bombing raids by the British and Americans over the next 14 hours. History records it as the deadliest air attack of all time, delivering a death toll that exceeded the atomic blasts on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 20 minutes of intense bombing, the city became an inferno. The second bombing raid came three hours after the first and was “intended to catch rescue workers, firefighters and fleeing inhabitants at their fullest exposure.” Altogether, the British dropped nearly 3,000 tons of explosives that shattered roofs, walls, windows, whole buildings, and included hundreds of thousands of phosphorous incendiaries, which were small firebombs that sprinkled unquenchable fire into every crevasse they rolled into, igniting the inferno that turned Dresden into a “hurricane of flames.”
American P-51 fighter escorts dived to treetop level and strafed the city's fleeing refugees.
The horrific firestorm that raged like a hurricane and consumed the city. It seemed as if the very air was on fire. Thousands were killed by bomb blasts, but enormous, untold numbers were incinerated by the firestorm, an artificial tornado with winds of more than 100 miles an hour that sucked up its victims and debris into its vortex and consumed oxygen with temperatures of 1,000 degrees centigrade. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, a center of art, theatre, music, museums and university life, resplendent with graceful architecture -- a place of beauty with lakes and gardens, was now, completely destroyed. The city burned for seven days and smoldered for weeks.
Dresden bombing was an allied legalized genocide or better known as “Great” Britain’s own Auschwitz Ovens, over 300.000 common people had to die.
The truth is the Allies mass murdered them.

At least the nazis burned dead bodies which Harry boy didn’t, he was not a member of the Fair Play, Queen Rules English population, but coming to be one of the upper-class queers that condemned Oscar Wilde’s leaning, but that had a good training pulling wings off flies or blinding kittens for the hell of it, the same upper-class that wrought from their less fortunate countrymen the last drop of dignity in the coal mines or slave ships.
War gave those sadistic perverts the opportunity to be Dr. Jekyll and Mir. Hyde with all impunity, and Harry boy wanted no more than to burn Germans alive, old people, children, hospital wounded, refugees, allied prisoners of war. Harry boy wasn’t different that Caesar Nero drooling…burn…burn…burn…both in a demented trance.
A “civilized” nation condemning what the Nazis were doing, resorted to do the same in War’s name.
Because one was wrong the other was right?
The only consolation we can get today is that Nuremberg the other way around had seen Harry-boy dangling happily from a rope, but that wouldn’t have lesser the pain of the “lucky” ones that survived scarred for life, not only by their own but also by their “liberators”.
The media later released that the number of people who died during the bombing was estimated in excess of two hundred and fifty thousand -- over a quarter of a million people. This was due to all the refugees who came fleeing from the Russians, and Dresden's reputation as a safe city. There were no air raid shelters there, because of the Red Cross agreement.
What happened with all the dead bodies? Most were left buried in the rubble or piled up, into a long wall of corpses, seven and half foot high.
Dresden became one mass grave. It was not possible for the majority of these bodies to be identified. And therefore next of kin were never notified. Countless families were left with mothers, fathers, wives, children and siblings unaccounted for to this day.
According to some historians, the question of who ordered the attack and why, has never been answered. To this day, no one has shed light on these two critical questions. Some think the answers may lie in unpublished papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and perhaps others. History reports that the British and American attack on Dresden left more than 2-1/2 times as many civilians dead as Britain suffered in all of World War II, and that one in every 5 Germans killed in the war died in the Dresden holocaust.
Some say the motive was to deliver the final blow to the German spirit -- that the psychological impact of the utter destruction of the heart center of German history and culture would bring Germany to its knees once and for all.
Some say it was to test new weapons of mass destruction, the phosphorous incendiary bomb technology. Undoubtedly the need for control and power was at the root. The insatiable need of the dominators to exert control and power over a captive and fearful humanity is what drives acts of mass murder like the Dresden firebombing and Hiroshima.
I think there was also an additional hidden and cynical motive, which may be why full disclosure of the Dresden bombing has been suppressed. The Allies knew full well that hundreds of thousands of refugees had migrated to Dresden in the belief that this was a safe destination and the Red Cross had been assured Dresden was not a target. The end of the war was clearly in sight at that point in time and an enormous mass of displaced humanity would have to be dealt with. What to do with all these people once the war ended? What better solution than the final solution? Why not kill three birds with one stone? By incinerating the city, along with a large percentage of its residents and refugees, the effectiveness of their new firebombs was successfully demonstrated. Awe and terror was struck in the German people, thereby accelerating the end of the war. And finally, the Dresden firebombing ensured the substantial reduction of a massive sea of unwanted humanity, thereby greatly lessening the looming burden and problem of postwar resettlement and restructuring.
We may never know what was in the psyche of those in power or all the motives that unleashed such horrific destruction of civilian life - the mass murder of a defenseless humanity who constituted no military threat whatsoever and whose only crime was to try to find relief and shelter from the ravages of war. Without the existence of any military justification for such an onslaught on helpless people, the Dresden firebombing can only be viewed as a hideous crime against humanity, waiting silently and invisibly for justice, for resolution and for healing in the collective psyches of the victims and the perpetrators

Vergessen Sie mich nicht!
(Forget me not!)


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Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Claudio Ianora
Geor, If the subject comes up and calls for a comment I can only repeat; DRESDEN. Even to comment on a comment is to diminish it and to expose our utter poverty.
But , I really liked the idead of a dialoque between a soldier and a poet, I only wish it had gone on for a while longer, a bit deeper.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
Very good. I have seen a couple of documentaries on the fire bombing. I have a friend who escaped from Dresden with her Mom and sister just a few hours before the bombing. Did they know something, or was it fate? The bombing was calculated and cold hearted. J'nia
Reviewed by Felix Perry
You open up the mind and the eyes of those who often only heard the glory and the one side of the death and destruction that was WWII. When I took Military History and Strategy they had only then began telling the real story of Dresden not the whitewashed publicity copy.
Reviewed by John Martin
Well expressed,Georg. There is no getting away from it. Dresden was nothing less than a murderous act of ruthless hatred.
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
This was the horror of the Area Bombing Directive, which was nothing short of all-out mass murder of civilians. I believe the decision to bomb Dresden probably came at the behest of Stalin on one hand. During the Yalta Conference he most assuredly voiced his displeasure at the lack of Allied support on the Eastern Front. The Russians wanted to make sure that their armies could advance into Germany unimpeded and, as Dresden was a large rail and communications center, large amounts of Wehrmacht could have been collected and steered out of Dresedn into advancing Russian forces. On the other hand, I agree with what you said about the Allies testing their firepower; but I believe it was to actually make a display for Stalin himself. Remember, the thinking at the time was: who will get the share of the spoils when the war is over? You have this clash of Eastern and Western superpowers; so, I believe some of this was a way for the Allies to reming the Russians of their overwhelming air and firepower, in case Stalin decided to let the T-34s keep right on rolling toward the Channel or something. Then, of course, you have the retribution factor with blood boiling, which happens in any war. Ask any Allied pilot nowadays, he will probably agree in retrospect that the bombing was probably a bad idea. Even Churchill began to doubt the wisdom of this afterwards. Too little, too late. But, at the time, it all makes sense. Yes, war is hell. And yes, "Bomber" Harris was a sadistic bastard indeed. But then again, so were Goering and Himmler and that whole lot. I stood right at the place where all those bodies were stacked (Scheiterhaufen) in Dresden this past July. An unbelievably sad and moving experience. There is still so much evidence of the inferno and destruction anywhere you look. But it is nevertheless a breathtaking and beautiful city and most of it has been restored. I have digital pics of this. I'll have to send you some. Great stuff my friend. Right up my alley. Keep up the great work.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman
What a terrible, horrible story, Georg. During a war, though, with as much overall hatred as WW 2 it seems that at the time all was fair. I though, as a Jew, do not take a share of guilt in what the Allies did to end the war or, actually, if you wish to call Dresden "retribution." other, of course, than for the innocents that were caught in the cross-hair. There is a very good DVD, not as a documentary but as a drama, entailed "Dresden" that I thought was very good, and very chilling that I recommend you seeing. Yours is a very compelling and well written story, Georg.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Heartshattering write, Georg; powerfully penned/imaged! May we never see another horror of this kind ever again!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :( *tears!*
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana

Dear Georg, All those who committed such a heinous crime against humanity, play today the judges of the world. The Germans should and with right promote their grievance to the people of the world in order for them to know, the same way as they promoted the holocaust and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I wonder if the world will once understand and learn that by doing such crimes they are giving a wrong example to other nations which now start to test the feeling of power, like those ruled by dictators, despots and autocrats. By killing human beings they are in fact killing their own brothers. Dresden we don’t forget you.
Love Emile
Reviewed by Walt Hardester
full disclosure of the Dresden bombing has been suppressed

Imagine that!
This speaks of admirable love and courage, in the face of overwhelming denial, an act of love for humanity, I compare this to Jesus telling his own, what they didn't want to hear, and you know what happened to him, you will most likely be crucified by your friends, the ones that don't want to see, the ones too cowardly to say so, and by doing so, and not opening their eyes, and prosecute it, will have it repeated and repeated again, because it is cowardness, that makes this sort of repetition of the human condition, be it Hitler and his henchmen, Pol Pot, Stalin, and so on and on it goes, cowardness of the actors in all of this, the ones that kept quiet under the nazies, and the forever all the others you mentioned, and the future generations to follow. Cowardness is our collective sin, you on the other hand, you my friend, would receive the purple heart the size of Dresden, for all the victims you gave another life to, you shall also be rewarded from the only guy that really counts, much bigger than a purple heart, and this is hard for me to say, because I am not religious, you are a true Christian, and you have restored, as a one man act all alone, some of my faith in Humanity. I didn't live in Dresden, only a small town, and though I sat among the phospour burning ruins in my own place, and know the anguish, Dresden was the epitome of evil visited upon by the righteous, forever sharing in Hitlers attrocities. This my friend, should be a best seller, if people would really like to hear the truth. May God protect you! and love you! and thank you!
Hugs! Jasmin Horst

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