- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1591 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (13 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BAWAU5W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victor Gregg was in Dresden during the atrocity visited upon that city. His account is simple but spares no detail about what he saw. The image which sticks in my mind was when he saw a group of refugees from the fire storm engulfing Dresden trying to cross the road to safety. The road surface had melted and as they tried to cross they got stuck in it like flies on a fly paper. One by one the burst into flames as Gregg and his companions could only watch on in horror helpless to do anything to rescue them.
It was many years before he was able to talk about his experiences from that time; in February 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the bombing he was interviewed on the BBC news.
Then, as in the book, he was scathing about those who ordered the raid, not the bomber crews who carried out the raid. They were only following orders. It was the politicians, notably Churchill and Portal, who ordered it, despite the fact that the ancient and beautiful of Dresden had no strategic importance.
Gregg's memories encompass both the mundane and the horrific. He describes scenes that are almost impossible to comprehend and for him and the other witnesses to have lived with the memories of such sights without losing their sanity is incredible. We were taught about WW2 at school, but I don't remember Dresden getting a mention. It doesn't fit with our British view of ourselves as the conquering heroes. Gregg addresses this paradox at the end of his memoir calling for some law to prevent any reoccurrence of such civilian slaughter. In common with my thoughts after having read The Rape Of Nanking, I am left bewildered and horrified at the capability, seemingly existing in all humans, to destroy each other.
As a schoolboy I studied the bombing and almost total destruction of Dresden - an historic city with little military value - with horror and shame that my own country - the good guys - had orchestrated such a heinous terror attack.
I share the authors respect for the brave airmen of the RAF and USAF; this was not their crime. But "Bomber" Harris should have been investigatedg for war crimes. Too late for that, but not too late for the UK to issue a formal apology for the destruction of Dresden and the mass slaughter of tens of thousands of innocents.
This short book is a sobering and horrific first hand account of that terrible event. I would suggest that it should be mandatory reading for every school child, but perhaps it is simply too horrific....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short excellent narrative of just how awful it must have been, even though it is understated.Published 28 days ago by Richard M Thornely
I bought this as my mum was in Dresden and was rescued after being trapped in a cellar for 2 weeks. Reading this made me realise even more what a miracle that was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs Marguerita Hoffnung
A very atmospheric book, I now know what a fire storm really is!Published 2 months ago by Gordon Frank Barker
Although it was a short read it was a story that I found thought provoking and was glad that it had been told.Published 3 months ago by Brian and Janet Franks
very moving story. I have been in Dresden within the last 5 years and you would never know it had been flattened.
The Frauenkirche is magnificent. The story very believable.
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