- "Generakfeldmarschall Keitel said 600,000 were killed
in Dresden." - Randulf Johan Hansen¨
- DRESDEN. THE WORST WAR CRIME OF WWII
- Fifty-two years ago, the Allies decided to make of the
city of Dresden a moonscape.
- The holocaust unleashed on Dresden had no strategic or
tactical advantage whatsoever for the Americans or the British. Dresden
was one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, dubbed the "Florence
of the Elbe" because of its world-renowned collection of Baroque architecture.
It was known as a showplace of culture. It had no military bases, no major
communication centers or heavy industry. It had no air defense. In the
last months of the war, it was known as "Die Lazarettstadt" -
it had been declared a hospital town. It was also known as the "Fluechtlingsstadt"
- the City of the Refugees.
- Norman Stone, Professor of Modern History at Oxford,
wrote in the Daily Mail:
- "Already, by 1944, it should have been clear to
most people in the government that we would have to deal with . . . Germans
once victory had been won . . .
- (W)e went on bombing German cities months and months
after it had been clear that we would win, and that Stalin would be as
potentially deadly an enemy. Some of the bombing was just pointless. In
the last days of the war, we struck at the old gingerbread towns south
of Wuerzburg, where there was no military target at all . . . just refugees,
women and children. Of these acts of gratuitous sadism, the worst
was the bombing of Dresden."
- In the early weeks of 1945, the coldest winter in a century,
Dresden was swollen with refugees fleeing the advance of the Soviet army.
By then, the Soviets stood on German soil, and Ilja Ehrenburg, Stalin's
Jewish propaganda demon - that monster master journalist of hate! - had
for years hammered away in broadcast after broadcast aimed at the Red Army
and repeated in millions and millions of leaflets: "Kill. Kill. Kill.
Nobody is innocent. Neither the living, nor the yet unborn. . . "
or ". . . if you have not killed a German a day, you have not done
your duty to the Soviet motherland."
- Now the Red Army was approaching - and by mid-February
stood only 60 miles away from Dresden. Each new refugee train, each new
river of wagons, trucks and cars brought fearful accounts of horrendous
Soviet atrocities - murder, torture and brutal mass rapes. Hundreds of
thousands of refugees flooded into the city of Dresden. The inhabitants
moved closer together and took them all in, but even so, there was no room
for all. Most of the refugees lived in the city's main park and in what
was known as Die Altstadt - the Old Town. Weeping children lay on the cold
and wet ground huddled against shivering dogs.
- By then, the Allies knew the war was lost for Germany.
No one in a decision-making capacity - civilian or military - believed
that the German Reich could survive, much less rise to be a threat to the
Allied military juggernaut.
- In what can only be described as a premeditated institutional
act of terror and deliberately planned mass murder, the decision was made
by the British and US air force commanders at the prodding of the sadistic
Churchill-Roosevelt-Morgenthau trio to exterminate these hapless people
trapped utterly defenseless in Dresden.
- In January of 1945, it was decided that several large
cities in Eastern Germany that had escaped heavy bombing should now be
subjected to "area bombing" to "wreak havoc" on German
morale so as to pressure Germany to surrender sooner. Churchill himself
wanted more than two cities a month razed - until none was left.
- So, on February 13 and 14, 1945 nearly 1200 British and
American bombers, followed by waves of bullet-spitting fighter bombers,
conducted a triple air raid on Dresden - an aerial holocaust. The code
word for this act of terrorism was "Clarion."
- Dresden: An Undisputed Holocaust
- Eddy Morrison
- The first wave of bombs struck at 10 PM on February 13,
1945, dropping high explosive bombs on the Old Town to blast the roofs
off buildings in preparation for incendiary devices. It knocked out the
air raid warning system and caused massive destruction and death. It also
destroyed the fire halls and water mains.
- The next wave brought the fire. It turned the Altstadt
into a howling ocean of fire - 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. Air temperatures
rose to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds up to 100 mph sucked all oxygen
into the center of the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people were burned
alive or otherwise fell victim to this second carpet bombing, followed
quickly by a third.
- Thousands suffocated in cellars as the oxygen was sucked
out of the bunkers and pulled toward the blaze to feed the flames. Thousands
more were hurled into the air like rag dogs and sucked by the ferocious
winds right into the inferno. The air suction of the fire was so strong
that it uprooted trees and lifted roofs from houses miles away.
- Utter panic struck the people. Horses reared and ran
into the crowds. Wild animals such as lions and tigers escaped from the
broken enclosures of the zoo and ran into the terrified crowds. Huge snakes
slithered between the feet of the fleeing. Hospital trains, still filled
with wounded soldiers from the front, were burning and tried to pull out,
in the process severing limps from young children who had sought cover
from the bombs underneath. Those few who managed to escape the air attack
were hounded later from the air by diving planes to kill off any fleeing
- This was described in one account of the bombing aftermath
- ". . . scores of Mustang fighters diving low over
the bodies, huddled on the banks of the Elbe, as well as on the larger
lawns of the Grosse Garden, in order to shoot them up."
- When all was said and done, the column of smoke could
be seen 50 miles away and stood 15,000 feet high. More than three-fifths
of Dresden was destroyed by bombing raids lasting more than 14 hours. This
Allied air raid left 24,866 homes destroyed, eleven square miles of prime
real estate and irreplaceable cultural treasures devastated, 35,000 recognizable
corpses available to be identified, and hundreds of thousands of unrecognizable
- How many? Nobody knows for sure. Most honest estimates
range from 350,000 to 500,000 dead - many of whom were liquefied into a
yellied mass that melted into the asphalt of the roads or were left in
piles of ashes amid a city almost totally in ashes and ruins.
- One newspaper account published in a German paper, Eidgenosse,
(1-3-86) lists 480,000 dead. That count looks like this:
- 37,000 babies and toddlers
- 46,000 school age children
- 55,000 wounded and sick in the hospitals, including their
- nurses and other personnel
- 12,000 rescue personnel
- 330,000 dead simply described as "men and women."
- Just think of Hiroshima. That city's atom casualties
- During the entire war, England suffered less than 50,000
casualties from bombings.
- 380 persons died in bombing raids on the British munitions
and aircraft producing town of Coventry, England - a raid which was declared
a "German war crime".
- The clean-up crews flowing in after the Allied murderers
were gone could not bury all of the dead. So they took railroad ties, made
an emergency grid, piled the dead on top of each other and burned them
in the open air - soldiers, young and old women, boys in short pants, girls
with long braids, Red Cross nurses. Babies. While all of Germany shivered
for lack of fuel, these pyres burned day and night. Even concentration
camp inmates helped in this macabre ritual for weeks.
- The documentation of this war crime committed by the
Allies, commissioned by the Hitler government in the aftermath of the Dresden
holocaust, fell into Allied hands. These mountains of dead captured in
the filmed footage were later edited and spliced into Allied propaganda
films about "concentration camp atrocities" and were shown to
the world at large as "evidence" of Jewish dead.
- Next time you see one of those pictures, think hard about
the source. Remember also that those who planned and ordered these raids
- and, yes, the crews who carried out these raids - were and are war criminals
by anyone's definition!
- Many still walk the streets of England, Canada and the
United States with impunity. They have boasted about their deeds for fifty
years in your press and in their "Veterans for Foreign Wars"
- While the governments and the successors of these war-time
governments are still combing the geriatric wards of the Allied countries
for German soldiers and their comrades-in-arms who might or might not have
shot some Jewish Marxist saboteur fleeing a concentration camp, or returning
fire against those who attacked them from behind bushes, rocks and bridge
embankments wearing civilian clothes, think about the crime of Dresden.
- "Those innocents who lost their lives in Dresden
were killed - not because of something they had done, but because of an
accident of birth. Those who died in the Dresden Holocaust on February
13-14, 1945 were simply Germans." --Ingrid Rimland
- "Even now, it would cost nothing to say 'sorry'
for gratuitous sadism." --Norman Stone