Historians lower death toll in Dresden bombing
Published: 2 Oct 08 08:54 CET
Far fewer people than previously thought may have died in the infamous
Allied firebombing of Dresden at the close of World War II, according
to a new assessment by historians.
Until now, the number of dead from the February 1945 attack on the
eastern German city has swung wildly from 35,000 to half a million
victims. But a panel of historians commissioned by the city’s former
mayor in 2004 has just determined it was likely far smaller.
“The results of the commission determine that 18,000 died in Dresden
from the air raids,” daily Die Weltquoted an official statement on
Thursday. “The commission assumes a maximum of 25,000 people lost
their lives in the February attacks on Dresden.”
The British and American air raids on the city once known as “Florence
on the Elbe” are widely considered to have been unnecessary and
responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians. The city has rebuilt
much of its historic centre and long since moved on, but the bombing
continues to stoke controversy.
Neo-Nazis have repeatedly used it for propaganda purposes and members
of the far-right NPD party in the Saxon parliament have scandalized
the city by referring to it as the “Bombing Holocaust.”
Found it here:
http://groups.google.co.za/group/alt.re ... l=en&pli=1
Now I wonder, when will there be a such a commission to investigate the death toll by gassing in Auschwitz .