The German city of Dresden on Saturday marked 76 years since it was bombed by Allied forces during World War II, though commemoration events were scaled-down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The president of the regional parliament, Matthias Rössler, laid down a wreath at the city’s North Cemetery, where some of the victims from the bombing, which began on February 13, 1945, are buried. The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation was read out at the Frauenkirche by pastor Angelika Behnke, together with Reverend Christopher Cocksworth, the bishop of Coventry — a British city also heavily bombarded during World War II. Dresden Mayor Dirk Hilbert was on hand to join in with the reading. The Frauenkirche, which was destroyed by the bombing of the German city, but later rebuilt through donations, was a symbol of “humanity and trust, that death, war, hate and destruction will not have the last word,” Behnke uttered. “Peace is a gift, it is a life-long task,” said Günther Ulbricht, who survived the blitz despite being buried under rubble. Locals remember those who lost their lives when Dresden was subjected to three days of bombing in 1945 Protests disrupt proceedings The firestorm that scarred the Saxon city on the banks of the Elbe has been repeatedly used by various groups over the years — most recently by neo-Nazis…. Read full this story
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