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       FW: Dresden, Germany ‑ A True Holocaust and Act of Heinous Terrorism


       Thu, 6 Mar 2003 11:41:31 +1100


       "Paul Dewitt" <[email protected]>


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                  The Dresden Holocaust

                 “Dresden — A True Holocaust and Act of Heinous Terrorism”

    Fifty‑eight years ago, on the evening of

    February 13, 1945, an orgy of genocide and

    barbarism began against a defenseless German

    city, one of the greatest cultural centers of

    northern Europe. Within less than 14 hours, not

    only was it reduced to flaming ruins, but an

    estimated one‑third of its inhabitants —

    possibly as many as half a million — had

    perished in what was the worst massacre of all


    As Americans continue to bemoan the loss of

    fewer than 3,000 at [the] World Trade Center and the Pentagon as they themselves prepare

    to slaughter many times that number in an act of unprovoked aggression in Iraq, few know

    — less care — about the campaign of cold‑blooded [state] TERRORISM conducted against

    German civilians during World War II, culminating in the extermination of over 300,000.

    The following account, taken from the Feb. 1985 issue of the NS Bulletin, tells us what a

    REAL holocaust is like.

    Toward the end of World War II, as Allied planes rained death and destruction over

    Germany, the old Saxon city of Dresden lay like an island of tranquility amid desolation.

    Famous as a cultural center and possessing no military value, Dresden had been spared the

    terror that descended from the skies over the rest of the country.

    In fact, little had been done to provide the ancient city of artists and craftsmen with

    anti‑aircraft defenses. One squadron of planes had been stationed in Dresden for awhile, but

    the Luftwaffe decided to move the aircraft to another area where they would be of use. A

    gentlemen’s agreement seemed to prevail, designating Dresden an “open city”.

    On Shrove Tuesday, February 13, 1945, a flood of refugees fleeing the Red Army 60 miles

    away had swollen the city’s population to well over a million. Each new refugee brought

    fearful accounts of Soviet atrocities. Little did those refugees retreating from the Red terror

    imagine that they were about to die in a horror worse than anything Stalin could devise.

    Normally, a carnival atmosphere prevailed in Dresden on Shrove Tuesday. In 1945,

    however, the outlook was rather dismal. Houses everywhere overflowed with refugees, and

    thousands were forced to camp out in the streets shivering in the bitter cold.

    However, the people felt relatively safe; and although the mood was grim, the circus played

    to a full house that night as thousands came to forget for a moment the horrors of war.

    Bands of little girls paraded about in carnival dress in an effort to bolster waning spirits.

    Half‑sad smiles greeted the laughing girles, but spirits were lifted.

    No one realized that in less than 24 hours those same innocent chilren would die screaming

    in Churchill’s firestorms. But, of course, no one could know that then. The Russians, to be

    sure, were savages, but at least the Americans and British were “honorable.”

    So when those first alarms signaled the start of 14 hours of hell, Dresden’s people streamed

    dutifully into their shelters. But they did so without much enthusiasm, believing the alarms to

    be false, since their city had never been threatened from the air. Many would never come

    out alive, for that “great democratic statesman”, Winston Churchill — in collusion with that

    other “great democratic statesman”, Franklin Delano Roosevelt — had decided that the city

    of Dresden was to be obliterated by saturation bombing.

    What where Churchill’s motives? They appear to have been political, rather than military.

    Historians unanimously agree that Dresden had no military value. What industry it did have

    produced only cigarettes and china.

    But the Yalta Conference was coming up, in which the Soviets and their Western allies

    would sit down like ghouls to carve up the shattered corpse of Europe. Churchill wanted a

    trump card — a devastating “thunderclap of Anglo‑American annihilation”— with which to

    “impress” Stalin.

    That card, however, was never played at Yalta, because bad weather delayed the originally

    scheduled raid. Yet Churchill insisted that the raid be carried out — to “disrupt and confuse“

    the German civilian population behind the lines.

    Dresden’s citizens barely had time to reach their shelters. The first bomb fell at 10:09 p.m.

    The attack lasted 24 minutes, leaving the inner city a raging sea of fire. “Precision saturation

    bombing“ had created the desired firestorm.

    A firestorm is caused when hundreds of smaller fires join in one vast conflagration. Huge

    masses of air are sucked in to feed the inferno, causing an artificial tornado. Those persons

    unlucky enough to be caught in the rush of wind are hurled down entire streets into the

    flames. Those who seek refuge underground often suffocate as oxygen is pulled from the air

    to feed the blaze, or they perish in a blast of white heat — heat intense enough to melt

    human flesh.

    Women and children targeted

    One eyewitness who survived told of seeing “young women

    carrying babies running up and down the streets, their dresses and

    hair on fire, screaming until they fell down, or the collapsing

    buildings fell on top of them.”

    There was a three‑hour pause between the first and second raids.

    The lull had been calculated to lure civilians from their shelters into

    the open again. To escape the flames, tens of thousands of civilians

    had crowded into the Grosser Garten, a magnificent park nearly

    one and a half miles square.

    The second raid came at 1:22 a.m. with no warning. Twice as

    many bombers returned with a massive load of incendiary bombs.

    The second wave was designed to spread the raging firestorm into

    the Grosser Garten.

    It was a complete “success”. Within a few minutes a sheet of flame

    ripped across the grass, uprooting trees and littering the branches of

    others with everything from bicycles to human limbs. For days afterward, they remained

    bizarrely strewn about as grim reminders of Allied sadism.

    At the start of the second air assault, many were still huddled in tunnels and cellars, waiting

    for the fires of the first attack to die down. At 1:30 a.m. an ominous rumble reached the ears

    of the commander of a Labor Service convoy sent into the city on a rescue mission. He

    described it this way:

          “The detonation shook the cellar walls. The sound of the explosions mingled with

          a new, stranger sound which seemed to come closer and closer, the sound of a

          thundering waterfall; it was the sound of the mighty tornado howling in the inner


    Melting human flesh

    Others hiding below ground died. But they died painlessly — they simply glowed bright

    orange and blue in the darkness. As the heat intensified, they either disintegrated into cinders

    or melted into a thick liquid — often three or four feet deep in spots.

    Shortly after 10:30 on the morning of February 14, the last raid swept over the city.

    American bombers pounded the rubble that had been Dresden for a steady 38 minutes. But

    this attack was not nearly as heavy as the first two.

    However, what distinuished this raid was the cold‑blooded ruthlessness with which it was

    carried out. U.S. Mustangs [fighter planes] appeared low over the city, strafing anything that

    moved, including a column of rescue vehicles rushing to the city to evacuate survivors. One

   assault was aimed at the banks of the Elbe River, where refugees had huddled during the

    horrible night.

    In the last year of the war, Dresden had become a hospital town. During the previous night’s

    massacre, heroic nurses had dragged thousands of crippled patients to the Elbe. The

    low‑flying Mustangs machine‑gunned those helpless patients, as well as thousands of old

    men, women and children who had escaped the city.

    When the last plane left the sky, Dresden was a scorched ruin, its blackened streets filled

    with corpses. The city was spared no horror. A flock of vultures escaped from the zoo and

    fattened on the carnage. Rats swarmed over the piles of corpses.

    A Swiss citizen described his visit to Dresden two weeks after the raid:

          “I could see torn‑off arms and legs, mutilated torsos and heads which had been

          wrenched from their bodies and rolled away. In places the corpses were still lying

          so densely that I had to clear a path through them in order not to tread on arms

          and legs.”

    The death toll was staggering. The full extent of the Dresden Holocaust can be more readily

    grasped if one considers that well over 250,000 — possibly as many as a half a million —

    persons died within a 14‑hour period, whereas estimates of those who died at Hiroshima

    range from 90,000 to 140,000.1

    Allied apologists for the massacre have often “twinned” Dresden with the English city of

    Coventry. But the 380 killed in Coventry during the entire war cannot begin to compare with

    over 1,000 times that number who were slaughtered in 14 hours at Dresden. Moreover,

    Coventry was a munitions center, a legitimate military target. Dresden, on the other hand,

    produced only china — and cups and saucers can hardly be considered military hardware!

    It is interesting to further compare the respective damage to London and Dresden, especially

    when we recall all the Hollywood schmaltz about the “London blitz”. In one night, 16,000

    acres of land were destroyed in the Dresden massacre. London escaped with damage to only

    600 acres during the entire war.

    In one ironic note, Dresden’s only conceivable military target — its railroad yards — was

    ignored by Allied bombers. They were too busy concentrating on helpless old men, women

    and children.

    If ever there was a war crime, then certainly the Dresden Holocaust ranks as the most

    sordid one of all time. Yet there are no movies made today condemning this fiendish

    slaugher; nor did any Allied airman — or Sir Winston — sit in the dock at Nuremberg. In

    fact, the Dresden airmen were actually awarded medals for their role in this mass murder.

    But, of course, they could not have been tried, because there were “only following orders”.

                                                   Photo by Walter Hahn. Irving collection.

                      The above photo shows one of the pyres on Dresden’s Altmarkt

                      square, February 25, 1945. Thousands of incompletely‑burned

                      human bodies had to be publicly cremated after the

                      American/British air raid, to avoid an epidemic.

    This is not to say that the mountains of corpses left in Dresden were ignored by the

    Nuremberg Tribunal. In one final irony, the prosecution presented photographs of the

    Dresden dead as “evidence” of alleged National Socialist atrocities against Jewish

    concentration‑camp inmates!

    Churchill, the monster who ordered the Dresden slaugher, was knighted, and the rest is

    history. The cold‑blooded sadism of the massacre, however, is brushed aside by his

    biographers, who still cannot bring themselves to tell how the desire of one madman to

    “impress” another one led to the mass murder of up to a half million men, women and




          Note 1:

         Although it will never be possible to obtain an exact count of the victims, a reasonable estimate can

          be adduced by taking the number of registered inhabitants of the city, doubling it by a factor of 2+

          to account for undocumented refugees in the city at the time, and then extrapolating the number of

          dead from analogous instances in other German cities subjected to saturation bombing and aerial

          atrocitiy during World War II, notably Hamburg, Darmstadt and Pforzheim, inter alia.  back

    Apocalypse 1945: the Destruction of Dresden

    by David Irving


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