The North Star Project, 2013-2014 Report Number Seventeen — Dresden, Germany, by Megan Hennen

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The North Star Project, 2013-2014 Report Number Seventeen — Dresden, Germany, by Megan Hennen

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In the northeastern state of Saxony, Germany, you can find the city of Dresden.  This once soviet-occupied used to be nothing more to me than the setting for Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.  And then, I was there.  Standing in the middle of Dresden’s Altstadt (old city), looking up and admiring at all of the blackened facades.  There’s a kind of beauty about the charred buildings, but there’s also no denying that it has a haunting quality, too.  In the middle of February 1945, WWII had been inching closer to its end, when the Allied forces released their disastrous cargo, which would not only leave Dresden in ruins, but also killing thousands of civilians.  These scorched structures serve as a reminder of this event, a sort of memorial for the lost lives of the fire raids. …

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