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German government denies the holocaust. News Team

Photo Right: Dresden about the multi-day firebombing. According to dozens of major historians, more civilians died in the bombing of Dresden than the Nuclear attack on Hiroshima. Thirteen square miles of a major metropolitan area were annihilated in the attack.

(by Kyle Rogers)

In Germany there is a law that says you can’t “defame the dead” by downplaying war atrocities or publish information about the numbers of fatalities in an atrocity that is lower than previously agreed upon figures. Normally people charged with violating this law are declared “holocaust deniers.”

This however is thrown out the window when it comes to the Government and the victims of the atrocity are ethnic Germans.

Firebombing of Dresden…

The Bombing of Dresden by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and United States Army Air Force (USAAF) between 13 February and 15 February 1945, 12 weeks before the surrender of the Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) of Nazi Germany, remains one of the most controversial Allied actions of the Second World War. The raids saw 1,300 heavy bombers drop over 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices in four raids, destroying 13 square miles (34 km2) of the city, the baroque capital of the German state of Saxony, and causing a firestorm that consumed the city center.

Dresden was a cultural landmark of little or no military significance, a “Florence on the Elbe,” as it was known, and the attacks were indiscriminate area bombing and not proportional for the commensurate military gains.

Winston Churchill had promised to spare Dresden as a safe-haven for German refugees. The city of 650,000 million had swelled to an estimated two million prior to the bombing. The attack was largely hidden from the American population for two and a half decades. It wasn’t until the 1969 movie “Slaughterhouse Five” about US POWs in Dresden shocked American audiences, who had never heard of the bombing before. The movie was based on a book by Kurt Vonnegut and cited the death toll at 135,000. Kurt Vonnegut was not only a famous novelist, but was an American POW that witnessed the bombing firsthand.

Tens of thousands of American, British, and Canadian POWs were being held in Dresden. As many as 4,000 died in the bombing.

A little known investigation by the US government declared that 50,000 had perished. However, a large list of major historians have consistently put the death toll at well over 100,000. Some German historians claim a quarter of a million killed. Most of the victims were homeless refugees fleeing from the Soviet Army.

After the bombing, Winston Churchill appeared ashamed of it and repeatedly tried to distance himself from the attack. An American investigation into why Dresden was bombed blamed the attack on the Soviet Union. Stating that the US was obligated to bomb Dresden at the request of the Soviets due to a pre-existing agreement.

Now the German government has declared that only 25,000 people died, and that larger figures are “right-wing propaganda.” The laughable report does not even count the Allied POWs who died in Dresden. Even the United States government has previously published the death toll at 50,000. The German government justifies the 25,000 figure by using a tally of known Dresden residents who died. It does consider that most of those who perished were non-resident refugees. The report is transparently disingenuous and a hypocritical double standard when it comes to the application of German law protecting the memory of those who died in atrocities.