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The Dresden firebombing : memory and the politics of commemorating destruction

Joel, Tony 2013, The Dresden firebombing : memory and the politics of commemorating destruction, I.B. Tauris & Co, London, England.

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Title The Dresden firebombing : memory and the politics of commemorating destruction
Author(s) Joel, Tony
Publication date 2013
Series International Library of Twentieth Century History; v.62
Total pages 320
Publisher I.B. Tauris & Co
Place of Publication London, England
Keyword(s) Dresden
Second World War
Nazi Germany
Cold war
West Germany
East Germany
German reunification
War memory and commemoration
Summary The firebombing of Dresden marks the terrible apex of the European bombing war. In just over two days in February 1945, over 1,300 heavy bombers from the RAF and the USAAF dropped nearly 4,000 tonnes of explosives on Dresden's civilian centre.Since the end of World War II, both the death toll and the motivation for the attack have become fierce historical battlegrounds, as German feelings of victimhood complete with those of guilt and loss. The Dresden bombing was used by East Germany as a propaganda tool, and has been re-appropriated by the neo-Nazi far right. Meanwhile the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche- the city's sumptuous eighteenth-century church destroyed in the raid-became central to German identity, while in London, a statue of the Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command, Sir Arthur Harris, has attracted protests. In this book, Tony Joel focuses on the historical battle to re-appropriate Dresden, and on how World War II continues to shape British and German identity today.
ISBN 9781780763583
Language eng
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio Economic Objective 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
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