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  • The Obama Administration Is Now Apologizing For America Winning World War II

    04/12/2016 3:49:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    When John Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum this week before meeting foreign ministers at the G-7 Summit, Reuters reports that he had witnessed “haunting displays [of] photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes they wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs.” “It is a stunning display. It is a gut-wrenching display,” explained Kerry. “It is a reminder of the depth of the obligation every one of us in public life carries … to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons.” Iran exempted, of course. But, really, is this...
  • Dresden Buddhists Drop Swastika to Keep Peace

    09/30/2015 3:35:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    On Sunday eastern Germany's first Buddhist graveyard opened in Dresden, marking a turning point for the region's Vietnamese community. But a missing symbol makes the burial ground a peculiarly German affair. The burial ground is long overdue, Ding Linger, a spokesperson for the Vietnamese Buddhist Centre in Dresden told The Local. "It's been needed for 40 years since Vietnamese people first came to East Germany," he said. Vietnamese are the largest immigrant population in east Germany, making up 100,000 of the population. Of those, 7,000 live in Dresden, reports the Hamburger Morgenpost. With around 85 percent of the Vietnamese population...
  • Vladimir Putin's formative German years

    03/27/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    BBC News, Dresden ^ | 2015-03-26 | Chris Bowlby
    Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago. [....] "We cannot do anything without orders from Moscow," the voice at the other end replied. "And Moscow is silent." That phrase, "Moscow is silent" has haunted this man ever since. Defiant yet helpless as the 1989 revolution swept over him, he has now himself become "Moscow" - the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
  • Germany marks 70th anniversary of Dresden firebombing

    02/14/2015 1:43:44 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 93 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/13/2015
    An estimated 25,000 people died in the British and American attack, which created a firestorm that left 33 sq km (12 sq miles) of the city in ruins. Speaking at the city's Church of Our Lady, German President Joachim Gauck said the attack had "burned itself into the memory" of survivors. The city was believed by Allied forces to be a vital Nazi command centre. It was used by German forces to defend the country against Soviet forces approaching from the east.
  • BBC's insult to hero pilots: Veterans rage over Dresden coverage that attacks Britain...

    02/15/2015 4:34:47 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 156 replies ^ | 14 February 2015 | Larisa Brown and Inderdeep Bains
    The BBCs coverage of the bombing of Dresden in which Britain was described as worse than the Nazis was condemned as disgraceful by RAF veterans and MPs last night. Despite dedicating more than 32 minutes of airtime to the 70th anniversary of the fire-bombing that killed tens of thousands at the end of the Second World War, there was barely a mention of British airmen who lost their lives. The BBCs four major news shows and Radio 4 interviewed multiple German survivors of the bombings. They also showed a British prisoner of war who berated those who ordered the raids,...
  • German police ban anti-Islamic Pegida rally in Dresden citing terror threat

    01/18/2015 10:35:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    There had been calls for would-be "assassins to mingle among the protesters ... and to murder an individual member of the organising team of the Pegida demonstrations", police said in a notice on the 24-hour ban. This was consistent with "an Arabic-language Tweet that called the Pegida demonstrations an enemy of Islam", it said. Top-circulation daily Bild said online that the threat targeted Pegida's most prominent leader Lutz Bachmann. The Pegida marches which have voiced anger against Islam and "criminal asylum seekers" and vented a host of other grievances began in Dresden in October with several hundred supporters...
  • PEGIDA Cancels Anti-Islam Rally in Germany Over Death Threat From IS

    01/18/2015 6:44:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/18/15
    MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) The Patriotic Europeans against the Islamification of the West (PEGIDA) cancelled its anti-Islam and anti-immigration rally in the German city of Dresden scheduled for Monday after one of its leaders allegedly received a death threat from the Islamic State. "Please, dont come tomorrow to Dresden, friends," the group said in a post on its official Facebook page. "Unfortunately we must cancel our 13th meeting due to security concerns. According to the police, there is a specific threat against a member of the organizing team," the group explained. PEGIDA claimed that the threat was issued by...
  • Dresden/ PEGIDA?

    01/02/2015 8:34:14 AM PST · by bboop · 3 replies
    self ^ | 1.02.15 | self
    Anyone close up regarding the PEGIDA movement in Germany? German citizens taking a stand against the insane immigration policies/ Islamization of their country sounds right to me. From here, it sounds like the powers-that-be are demonizing it - reminds me of what they said about the Tea Party. Curious to have some feedback from those closer in. Thanks.
  • Germany Tense Over anti-Islam 'Pegida' March in Dresden

    12/15/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/14
    A march against "Islamisation of the West" is due to take place in Dresden, with turnout expected to reach about 10,000 in the eastern German city. A big counter-demonstration is also being organised, similar in size. Dresden is the birthplace of a movement called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (Pegida), which staged a big rally a week ago. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called Pegida's protests "a disgrace". But the Eurosceptic party AfD is sympathetic. "Most of their demands are legitimate," said Bernd Lucke, leader of the conservative Alternativ fuer Deutschland (AfD), which has campaigned for a tougher...
  • Why did two German 'hobbyists' deface a cartouche of Khufu inside the Great Pyramid

    01/18/2014 9:33:27 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies ^ | 16 Jan 2014 |
    EXACTLY what drove two men to pretend to be archaeologists and hack off pieces of the Great Pyramid? Atlantis. It's a tale of cranks, conspiracies and an ancient cartouche. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as Cheops) on the Giza Plateau is the largest pyramid in Egypt and the only surviving example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The cartouche? It's an ancient red-pigment scribble deep inside the Great Pyramid said to be the linchpin in identifying who it was actually built for. Is it an authentic ancient Egyptian depiction of his name, or a 19th century...
  • 1billion art collection seized by Nazis found in shabby Munich apartment ...

    11/03/2013 9:53:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 3, 2013 | Allan Hall
    A treasure trove of artworks worth almost 1billion seized by the Nazis and reportedly destroyed in RAF bombing raids during WW2 has been found behind rotting food in shabby apartment in Munich. Experts have hailed the discovery of the 1,500 pictures, thought to have been lost or bombed, as a sensational find. The story of the lost masterpieces of such painters as Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall is revealed in this week's edition of Germany's Focus magazine which broke the story of the incredible find by customs officials. Art historians examining the collection claim up to 300...
  • The Saga of Michael Buhrman and Landon Brittain (2 senior nuke plant operators life of crime)

    10/30/2013 11:02:28 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | October 11, 2013 | Lucas W. Hixson
    Michael Buhrman, 31, began his career in the nuclear industry after being honorably discharged in from the Navy nuclear program in 2005, where he had worked as a reactor operator and nuclear electronics technician. After watching the movie, The Town featuring Ben Affleck, which features four friends who decide to rob a bank, Buhrman was inspired to feed his adrenaline through a life of crime. The well-paid senior reactor operator started attempting to recruit other workers at the Dresden nuclear power plant in order to form a gang to rob banks to get back at the system. Buhrman did succeed...
  • Church sermons to explore sex and gay love

    09/19/2013 6:12:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 19 Sep 2013 11:55 CET | Kate Ferguson
    Churches in Dresden are to deliver sermons on love and sex. Among the themes to be explored is the tender love between men in the Bible and everyday eroticism. Gisela Merkel-Manzur is organizing the program of eight sermons over the next two months at two Protestant churches in Lbtau parish. She believes one of the reasons sexuality has been insufficiently addressed by the church is because of internal disputes about homosexuality. The sermons include one on Jonathan and DavidOld Testament figures who appear in the Books of Samuel. The nature of their relationship, and the possibility that they were homosexual...
  • Dresden deserves to be remembered

    02/13/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 414 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2013 | Tom Chivers
    It's the 68th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. In Britain, we don't think about it as much as, perhaps, we should. The bare facts. More than 1,200 RAF and USAAF bombers attacked the city between the 13th and 15th of February 1945, in four raids. They dropped 3,900 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs, killing between 22,000 and 25,000 people, almost all civilians. The city's anti-aircraft defences had all been moved to defend the industrial works of the Ruhr valley. The details are chilling.
  • Small explosion hits IKEA store in Dresden

    06/11/2011 2:39:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies ^ | 11 June 2011 | unattributed
    Following a small explosion in an IKEA store in Dresden on Friday evening, the German headquarters of the Swedish home furnishings chain is calling on all branches in the country to be extremely vigilant. A device exploded in the Dresden store at around 8 pm, police confirmed on Saturday. Two people, aged 32 and 41 years old, suffered possible inner-ear trauma from the blast but there were no other injuries. The blast also damaged the floor and some of the furniture on display in the kitchen department. No one has admitted to carrying out the attack and there are so...
  • German pol fined for playing klezmer music

    07/05/2009 5:54:15 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 20 replies · 765+ views
    JTA ^ | July 2, 2009 | Staff
    BERLIN (JTA) -- A Dresden politician was fined for playing loud klezmer music outside City Hall to disturb a neo-Nazi march. Stephan Kuhn of the Green Party was ordered Wednesday to pay a $210 fine, which will benefit an organization that helps victims of right-wing violence. Neo-Nazis held a commemorative march on Feb.13, 2008, on the anniversary of the World War II firebombing of Dresden by Allied forces, which right-wing extremists have taken to calling the "bombing Holocaust." In protest, Kuhn blasted the music at the neo-Nazis from the windows of the Green Party parliamentary fraction offices. According to the...
  • Politics

    06/07/2009 9:29:47 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 1 replies · 167+ views ^ | 06-08-09 | stolinsky
    There is no moral equivalence between aggressor and defender, or between those who use violence to start a war and those who use it to end one. People who cannot understand such a fundamental truth are ignorant of history and lacking in wisdom, regardless of how many diplomas from prestigious universities hang on their walls. To be blunt, they are moral idiots.
  • The Obama Apologize For America Tour Continues With A Performance In Dresden

    05/25/2009 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 34 replies · 1,110+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | May 25, 2009 | Michael Eden
    Do you have a relative who served the United States during World War II? Perhaps you yourself served? I hope you are suitably ashamed for what you and your country did. Because your president has used the omnipotent power of his sacrosanct hindsight to declare that your nation was involved in war crimes. Remember when the Obama DHS said we should be afraid of our combat veterans? Apparently it's not just the ones returning home now; it goes back to at least World War II. Be ashamed. Be very ashamed. Shame, after all, is the hip new way to be...

    05/02/2009 3:30:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 1,051+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    IN his press conference Wednesday night, President Obama offered a nice little sermonette on "shortcuts." Asked about his decision to release the "torture memos" and ban waterboarding, Obama said: "I was struck by an article that I was reading the other day talking about the fact that the British during World War II, when London was being bombed to smithereens, had 200 or so detainees. And Churchill said, 'We don't torture,' when . . . all of the British people were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat . . . Churchill understood, you start taking shortcuts, over time, that...
  • Was the Dresden Raid a war crime?

    02/23/2009 9:50:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies · 2,306+ views
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | Feb 22,2009 | Ed Morrissey
    When discussing war crimes during World War II, two events usually get thrown out as indictments of the Allies: dropping atomic weapons on the Japanese and the raid of Dresden, in which 25,000 people died mostly of the raging fire that swept the German city. Critics accuse the Allies of deliberately attacking a civilian population center with little military value as a payback for Nazi attacks on Britain. This perception gained a lot of credence through Kurt Vonneguts Slaughterhouse 5, his autobiographical tale inspired by his eyewitness experience at Dresden as a POW. Interestingly, though, Germans apparently tend to view...
  • The RAF bomber pilot who recovered the body of the co-pilot he lost on Berlin raid 60 years ago.

    10/09/2008 6:47:08 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 38 replies · 1,160+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th October 2008 | Andrew Levy
    Crammed together in their unwieldy aircraft and utterly dependent on one another, the bomber crews of the Second World War forged friendships that often only death could break. Which is why Pilot Officer Reg Wilson never forgot the night more than 60 years ago when he lost two friends in the night skies over Germany. As he entered his old age - the memories of his youth perhaps more powerful than ever - Mr Wilson began a quest to find their remains. Yesterday he told how at last he had succeeded in finding one of those friends, flight engineer Sergeant...
  • Dresden victims 'farfewer than believed'[Bombing of Dresden]

    10/01/2008 7:53:54 PM PDT · by BGHater · 35 replies · 8,745+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 02 Oct 2008 | BRIAN FERGUSON
    A NEW study claims no more than 25,000 people were killed in the massive Allied bombing of Dresden in the Second World War far fewer than many scholars have believed. Four years of research being carried out by a team of historians and academics has cast doubt on previous claims that up to 135,000 may have lost their lives in the eastern German city over two days in 1945. The bombing of Dresden became arugably the most controversial operation carried out by British and US forces during the Second World War as it involved creating firestorms by dropping incendiary...
  • Morality -- Trotskyite vs. Christian [It's Pat]

    06/24/2008 3:08:57 PM PDT · by Alouette · 59 replies · 157+ views
    Townhall ^ | June 24, 2008 | Pat Buchanan
    Did Hitler's crimes justify the Allies' terror-bombing of Germany? Indeed they did, answers Christopher Hitchens in his Newsweek response to my new book, "Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War": "The stark evidence of the Final Solution has ever since been enough to dispel most doubts about, say, the wisdom or morality of carpet-bombing German cities." Atheist, Trotskyite and newborn neocon, Hitchens embraces the morality of lex talionis: an eye for an eye. If Germans murdered women and children, the British were morally justified in killing German women and children. According to British historians, however, Churchill ordered the initial bombing of...
  • Tom Cruise Explodes Over Wind Breaker

    09/26/2007 1:03:55 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 117 replies · 305+ views
    AHN Celebrity News Service ^ | September 26, 2007 | Sally Grover
    Berlin, Germany (CNS) - Tom Cruise was left furious after a crew member on his latest film set passed wind during a minute's silence. The Hollywood actor - who is currently shooting World War II drama "Valkyrie" in Berlin - had paused filming to honor the anti-Nazi heroes portrayed in the movie when one employee decided to use the tribute to break wind. Fellow star Christian Berkel - who plays anti-Hitler plotter Albrecht Mertz von Quirbheim - said, "The film's director Bryan Singer, the screenplay writer Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise asked us all to observe a moment's silence shortly...
  • Dresden vs. Auschwitz (Germans, as victims of WW2)

    08/23/2007 12:54:32 PM PDT · by lizol · 89 replies · 1,487+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 23/08/2007 | Aviva Lori
    Dresden vs. Auschwitz By Aviva Lori In February 2005, Dr. Gilad Margalit visited Dresden. The winter of 2005 was cold, but at the events marking the 60th anniversary of the Allied bombing of the city it was hot. Very hot. About 5,000 neo-Nazis descended on Dresden from all over Germany and from throughout Europe for the big demonstration on February 13, a Sunday. It was a colorful, violent demonstration that sought to carve out territory in the streets and especially in the national consciousness. The massive physical presence of the demonstrators only heightened the growing recognition in Germany in recent...
  • Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (04/01/07)

    04/01/2007 2:49:14 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 8 replies · 332+ views
    04/01/07 | Kevin Davis
    This weeks Sci-Fi listing: Sun: 9/8 - Dresden Files --> Sci-Fi Wed: 8/7 - Jericho --> CBS If you miss seeing Babylon 5 or Babylon Crusade here is the link to see those shows for free -->
  • Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (03/11/07)

    03/11/2007 5:34:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies · 409+ views
    03/11/07 | Kevin Davis
    This weeks Sci-Fi Listing: Sunday: 9/8 Dresden Files -- SciFi Channel 10/9 Battlestar Galactica -- SciFi Channel Monday: 8/7 Heros -- NBC Wednesday: 9/8 Jerhico -- CBS
  • Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (02/25/07)

    02/25/2007 5:05:36 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 18 replies · 312+ views
    02/25/07 | Kevin Davis
    This weeks Sci-Fi Listing: Sunday: 9/8 - The Dresden Files --> Sci-Fi Channel 10/9 - Battlestar Galactica --> Sci-Fi Channel Monday: 9/8 - Heros --> NBC Wednesday: 8/7 - Jerhico --> CBS
  • September 11 just like Dresden, says Le Pen

    02/21/2007 8:59:05 PM PST · by dervish · 64 replies · 1,276+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 2/22/07 | Peter Allen
    The French presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen provoked outrage among British veterans yesterday when he compared the September 11 attacks on the United States to RAF-led bombing raids during the Second World War. The National Front leader said both were "terrorist acts as they expressly targeted civilians to force military leaders to capitulate". Mr Le Pen, 79, also dismissed the al-Qa'eda atrocities in 2001 as a mere "incident". He told the Roman Catholic newspaper La Croix: "Three thousand dead that is how many die in Iraq in a month and it's far less than the deaths in the Marseille...
  • Firestorm [The bombing of Dresden]

    02/15/2007 5:43:06 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 155 replies · 2,482+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 2/15/'07 | David Forsmark
    Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden By Marshall De Bruhl Random House, $27.95.One of my favorite talk radio hosts recently interviewed a member of the evangelical Christian left who expressed sentiments -- to call them arguments would be an overstatement -- against the war in Iraq. The conversation, fairly typical of such exchanges, went something like this: When have you been in favor of the United States actually using military force? Well, I guess you would have to say World War II was what you would call a good war." What about Dresden? You bring up Abu Ghraib...
  • Today In History - February 13-14, 1945 - Allied Bombing of Dresden Germany

    02/13/2007 2:06:22 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 12 replies · 529+ views
    On the night of February 13-14 1945, two waves of British Lancaster bombers devastated the east German city of Dresden. The targets of these raids were Dresden's rail lines as well as a series of smaller factories that were producing gunsights and other precision optical devices for Germany's war effort. High explosive bombs were dropped first and were followed up by incendiary bombs which turned Dresden into a giant firestorm. The worst damage occurred in the inner city and immediate eastern suburbs of Dresden. According to a Dresden police report, at least 12000 dwellings were destroyed as well as a...
  • Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip

    01/03/2007 12:30:28 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 47 replies · 1,538+ views
    UK Financial Times ^ | January 2, 2007 | Peter Marsh
    In 2000 Plastic Logic, a Cambridge-based start-up company, announced it was attempting to commercialise a form of plastic electronics that had developed from research at the laboratory. By using a cheap and simple set of processing operations to build up layers of circuitry on plastic substrates the material on which circuits are formed rather than silicon wafers used in conventional microchips, the developments promised to slash the cost of making semiconductors. What has given the science behind the company more substance is todays announcement that Plastic Logic has attracted $100m (51m) of investment that will fund a plant...
  • President May Be in Deep Trouble Over Deliberate Bombing of Civilians -- A War Crime?

    01/23/2006 9:52:21 PM PST · by doug from upland · 58 replies · 2,234+ views
    Just when you thought the president could not get into any more trouble, there is a major scandal brewing. It has been revealed that he authorized a bombing raid, conducted by both Americans and Brits, using incendiary bombs that targeted civilians. There were no military targets. I guess if anything should lead to impeachment, this is it. The liberals are going to be going nuts. Here is the story. ======================================================================= In 1941 Charles Portal of the British Air Staff advocated that entire cities and towns should be bombed. Portal claimed that this would quickly bring about the collapse of civilian...
  • Why it isn't Over, Over There

    11/28/2005 4:39:52 PM PST · by lancer · 5 replies · 427+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11/28/05 | Herbert E. Meyer
    Like every other business, the business of war has changed. Centuries ago, a war ended when one army defeated another on the battlefield. But in the modern world of total war , a war isnt over when one army defeats the other. A war is over when the population of the country whose army has lost abandons all hope; when the people have been crushed so thoroughly when the daily business of staying alive is so god-awful that they wish only to clean up the mess and re-start their lives. This is why no Nazi official was able...
  • Necessary or not, Dresden remains a topic of anguish

    10/30/2005 6:42:53 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 82 replies · 1,614+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 10/31/05 | John Keegan
    The rededication of the Frauenkirche in Dresden is meant to signify an English apology to the Germans for the most savage of all acts of the strategic bombing campaign of the Second World War. In February 1945, Dresden, historically the capital of the old kingdom of Saxony and a famous cultural and aesthetic centre, was devastated by a joint Anglo-American bombing raid, the British by night, the Americans by day. Until the raid, Dresden remained almost the last of Germany's large cities not to have been laid waste. By the time the raids finished, much of historic and modern Dresden...
  • Dresden consecrates famed church

    10/30/2005 2:39:22 PM PST · by rcocean · 32 replies · 648+ views
    BBC ^ | October 30, 2005 | BBC
    Reconciliation The landmark Church of our Lady has been re-consecrated in the east German city of Dresden 60 years after being destroyed by Allied bombing. At 1000 (0900 GMT) the bells of the Church of Our Lady rang out. Outside crowds gathered to watch the service which was broadcast live on a giant screen. The Frauenkirche remained in ruins throughout the Cold War Inside, the church was packed with hundreds of dignitaries, including German President Horst Koehler, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the Duke of Kent leading the British delegation - as well as many of the architects and donors who...
  • Dresden consecrates famed church (destroyed in WW2)

    10/30/2005 3:30:39 AM PST · by Michael81Dus · 64 replies · 1,227+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/30/05 | Ray Furlong
    A ceremony is being held in the German city of Dresden to consecrate the Church of our Lady which was destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. The charred remains of the Frauenkirche were left for decades by East Germany's communist authorities. Its reconstruction began after German reunification, partly financed by private donors in Britain and the US. Sunday's ceremony is being attended by representatives from around the world - including the Duke of Kent, the German President, Chancellor Schrder and the ambassadors of the four allied powers of WW2. The baroque sandstone dome of the reconstructed Frauenkirche dominates...
  • Voting starts in German city of Dresden

    10/02/2005 6:47:13 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 6 replies · 429+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | October 2, 2005
    Polls opened at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in the eastern German city of Dresden, where voters are casting the last ballots in the country's inconclusive national election. The roughly 220,000 registered voters in Dresden's district 160 will decide the final make-up of the Bundestag, with three seats at stake here. The voting here, two weeks late because of the death of a neo-Nazi candidate, has brought Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his conservative rival Angela Merkel back on the campaign trail, though the result will not change the outcome of the national vote. Both Schroeder and Merkel claim the right to...
  • Dresden Vote Could Budge German Stalemate

    09/30/2005 11:01:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 570+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/30/05 | Frank Ellmers - ap
    DRESDEN, Germany - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and challenger Angela Merkel battled over a last remaining seat in parliament Friday, hoping to get an edge in a weekend vote and end Germany's political stalemate. Merkel suggested that Sunday's balloting in the eastern city of Dresden might prompt Schroeder to back off his bid to stay in the chancellery. But Schroeder showed no sign of yielding, reminding voters of his popular opposition to the war in Iraq and calling his rivals "not fit" to govern because they couldn't stand up to "big partners" such as the United States. The rest of...
  • Putin criticizes Allies for Dresden bombing

    05/05/2005 8:19:32 PM PDT · by TFine80 · 141 replies · 2,034+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 5, 2005
    BERLIN - Russian President Vladimir Putin told a German newspaper that Allied forces cant be absolved of blame for horrors during World War II, and he noted in particular the massive bombing of Dresden in the final months. Ahead of this weekends 60-year commemoration of Victory in Europe Day, Putin, in a joint interview with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, told Bild that the Western forces deserved to be criticized for attacking civilians. The Western allies didnt abound with any special humanity, the Russian leader said. Its incomprehensible to me to this day why Dresden was destroyed. There was no military...
  • The Specters Haunting Dresden

    03/17/2005 8:02:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 38 replies · 982+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The foundations of Hitlers bunker were uncovered during the building frenzy in Berlin that followed the reunification of Germany. An anguished debate ensued about what to do with the site, for in Germany both memory and amnesia are dangerous, each with its moral hazards. To mark the bunkers site might turn it into a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, resurgent in the East; not to mark it might be regarded as an attempt to deny the past. In the end, anonymous burial was deemed the better, which is to say the safer, option. Nowhere in the world (except, perhaps, in...
  • Did Nazis get tip-off about Dresden blitz?

    02/28/2005 5:44:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 1,068+ views ^ | 2/27/05 | MURDO MACLEOD
    HITLER and the Nazi leadership may have known beforehand about the massive Allied raid on Dresden, according to new evidence from Germany. Military investigators are checking a letter written by a German anti-aircraft gunner to his parents in the city, which gave the date of the raid two weeks before the fateful bombing in which 35,000 civilians lost their lives. The letter has opened a debate in Germany as to whether the Nazi leadership, including Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goring, might have decided to leave the city to its fate for propaganda reasons, or even as part of Hitlers belief that...
  • Rightists rally overshadows Dresden ceremony (German Neo-Nazis march again)

    02/15/2005 2:56:16 PM PST · by Cornpone · 14 replies · 861+ views ^ | 15 Feb 2005 | expatica
    DRESDEN - In Germany's biggest neo-Nazi rally for decades, 5,000 rightists marched through Dresden on Sunday as the city marked the 60th anniversary of its World War II destruction. They were outnumbered by tens of thousands of mainstream Germans who paraded in demonstrations in Dresden against the right, attended memorial church services or pinned white, silk roses to lapels in a massive show of revulsion for latter-day admirers of Adolf Hitler. Thanks to a huge police presence there was no violence apart from a scuffle or two between the opposing groups. After the neo-Nazis dispersed in the late afternoon, civic...
  • Dresden: Brits not sorry enough

    02/10/2005 6:48:36 PM PST · by NCjim · 29 replies · 927+ views
    Sixty years after the destruction of Dresden, the British public still believes the massive death toll was a result of the excess of the notorious "Bomber" Harris, and the idea of an apology to Germany revolts a tabloid press bordering on the xenophobic. "Harris and Bomber Command are still the black sheep of the British popular memory of the Second World War," said Mark Connelly, a history professor at the University of Kent and the author of a study on the role of the Royal Air Force in the destruction of the picturesque capital of the German state of Saxony....
  • Neo-Nazis seek to hijack Dresden grief

    02/07/2005 3:11:58 PM PST · by MadIvan · 55 replies · 838+ views
    The Times ^ | February 8, 2005 | Roger Boyes
    NEO-NAZIS are threatening to ambush the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden.Holger Apfel, 35, a leader of the National Party of Germany, said yesterday that his neo-Nazis would make the anniversary, on Sunday, an anti-British event. Almost 10,000 are expected to converge on the city. Comparing Dresden to the Auschwitz death camp, Herr Apfel said: We know that Dresden was a cold-blooded, industrially planned murder of the civilian population. A week before the British bombing of Dresden, Churchill was boasting at the Yalta conference that six or seven million Germans had already been killed. The...
  • A War of Words (The Bombing of Dresden, the Revision of History and the Rebirth of Fascism)

    02/02/2005 2:36:30 PM PST · by Cornpone · 34 replies · 1,049+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 2 Feb 2005 | Reporting by Carsten Volkery
    On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden by Allied forces in World War II, a major neo-Nazi party in the city is seeking to reinvent history by calling the attack "Dresden's Holocaust of bombs." Problem is: the party is finding resonance in a city still deeply scarred by an attack that left at least 30,000 dead. AP A symbol of destruction: Dresden after the firestorm. At a meeting of parliament in the eastern German state of Saxony on Jan. 21, politicians wanted to debate the best way of commemorating the victims of the decimation of...
  • Firebombing of Dresden

    12/02/2004 6:57:34 PM PST · by Capt. Web · 330 replies · 6,046+ views
    In my AP Lang and Comp class, we are now reading the book by Vonngut, "Slaughterhouse Five" at which point the teacher brought up the historics behind it, and at which point we all realized that we were all telling different opinions of it. If anyone could just provide some much needed conservative insight. Thanks.
  • Just following orders? Harris, Churchill and the firebombing of Dresden

    06/12/2003 4:17:07 PM PDT · by webtarian · 68 replies · 467+ views
    Libertarian Today ^ | 06/12/03 | Robert Wolf
    The decision by the Royal Air Force to carpet bomb during WWII, in order to demoralize the enemy and foreshorten the war, was a reasonable, condonable, military tactic of the era. But this does not extend to the bombing of the city of Dresden in 1945, which was simply an act of sadism. Not only did it not achieve its stated objective of demoralizing the enemy (impossible in a population long since demoralized) it resulted in the deaths of thousands of Eastern European refugees fleeing the war and the destruction of one of Europes most beautiful cities and its trove...
  • German suitcase bomb a puzzle [terrorist attack?]

    06/13/2003 10:10:42 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies · 202+ views
    State criminal investigators from Saxony have declined comment on whether a carry-on flight bag left at the main Dresden train station, which according to media reports contained a kilogram (2.2 lbs.) of TNT, an electrical detonator, a timer and shrapnel, was the work of terrorists or if it was primed to explode. Investigators are now trying to reconstruct the bomb, which was found last Friday evening at the station, in an attempt to retrace its origins. During the seven hours that the station was ordered closed, police reportedly used high-pressure water cannons to dismantle the bag and render the bomb...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Bombing of Dresden (Feb.13-15,1945) - May 15th, 2003

    05/15/2003 5:34:51 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 81 replies · 13,648+ views
    Dear Lord, There's a young man far from home, called to serve his nation in time of war; sent to defend our freedom on some distant foreign shore. We pray You keep him safe, we pray You keep him strong, we pray You send him safely home ... for he's been away so long. There's a young woman far from home, serving her nation with pride. Her step is strong, her step is sure, there is courage in every stride. We pray You keep her safe, we pray You keep her strong, we pray You send her safely home...