Friday, October 12, 2007

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Kurt Vonnegut wrote that Dresden was "a famous world art treasure, like Paris or Vienna or Prague, and about as sinister as a wedding cake." He was there in 1945 as a prisoner of war when Allied bombers obliterated the city with a premeditated firestorm. In fact, Vonnegut was one of just seven American POW's in Dresden to survive, in their cell in an underground meat locker of a plant known as Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five). "Utter destruction", he recalled, "carnage unfathomable." The Germans put him to work gathering bodies for mass burial. "But there were too many corpses to bury. So instead the Nazis sent in troops with flamethrowers."
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