DRESDEN - A Real Holocaust
61 YEARS AGO
DRESDEN — A Real Holocaust
By GEORGE T. PARKER
Sixty-one years ago, on the evening of February 13, 1945, an orgy
of genocide and barbarism began against a defenseless German city,
one of the greatest cultural centers of Northern Europe. Within
less than 14 hours, not only was it reduced to flaming ruins, but
an estimated one-third of its inhabitants—**possibly as many as half
a million**—had perished in what was the worst massacre of all time.
As Jewish propaganda again reaches a crescendo in celebrating
the Soviet "liberation" of the famous Auschwitz internment center,
it is fitting that we consider what an actual holocaust is—one which
is not a Hollywood trademark, but rather one in which millions died in
the most horrific and excruciating manner: not only in the genocidal
rampages of America's Communist ally in Eastern Europe, but also
in the systematic, targeted mass murder of German civilians in
deliberately created Anglo-American fire storms.
In such places as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Kassel, Würzburg,
Darmstadt and Pforzheim, among many others—but especially in
DRESDEN, victims were roasted alive in an orgy of Allied sadism
and fiendishness without equal, which now stands as a symbol of
genocide and evil for all time. The following account, taken from the
Feb. 1985 issue of the NS Bulletin, tells us what a REAL holocaust
Toward the end of World War II, as Allied planes rained death
and destruction over Germany, the old Saxon city of Dresden lay
like an island of tranquility amid desolation. Famous as a cultural
center and possessing no military value, Dresden had been spared
the terror that descended from the skies over the rest of the country.
In fact, little had been done to provide the ancient city of artists
and craftsmen with anti-aircraft defenses. One squadron of planes
had been stationed in Dresden for awhile, but the Luftwaffe decided
to move the aircraft to another area where they would be of use.
A gentlemen's agreement seemed to prevail, designating Dresden
an "open city."
On Shrove Tuesday, February 13, 1945, a flood of refugees fleeing
the Red Army 60 miles away had swollen the city's population to well
over a million. Each new refugee brought fearful accounts of Soviet
atrocities. Little did those refugees retreating from the Red terror
imagine that they were about to die in a horror worse than anything
Stalin could devise.
Normally, a carnival atmosphere prevailed in Dresden on Shrove
Tuesday. In 1945, however, the outlook was rather dismal.
Houses everywhere overflowed with refugees, and thousands
were forced to camp out in the streets shivering in the bitter cold.
However, the people felt relatively safe; and although the mood
was grim, the circus played to a full house that night as thousands
came to forget for a moment the horrors of war. Bands of little
girls paraded about in carnival dress in an effort to bolster waning
spirits. Half-sad smiles greeted the laughing girles, but spirits
No one realized that in less than 24 hours those same innocent
chilren would die screaming in Churchill's firestorms. But, of course,
no one could know that then. The Russians, to be sure, were
savages, but at least the Americans and British were "honorable."
So when those first alarms signaled the start of 14 hours of hell,
Dresden's people streamed dutifully into their shelters. But they
did so without much enthusiasm, believing the alarms to be false,
since their city had never been threatened from the air. Many
would never come out alive, for that "great democratic statesman,"
Winston Churchill, **in collusion with that other "great democratic
statesman," Franklin Delano Roosevelt**had decided that the
city of Dresden was to be obliterated by saturation bombing.
What where Churchill's motives? They appear to have been
political, rather than military. Historians unanimously agree
that Dresden had no military value. What industry it did have
produced only cigarettes and china.
But the Yalta Conference was coming up, in which the Soviets
and their Western allies would sit down like ghouls to carve up
the shattered corpse of Europe. Churchill wanted a trump card**
a devastating "thunderclap of Anglo-American annihilation"**
with which to "impress" Stalin.
That card, however, was never played at Yalta, because bad
weather delayed the originally scheduled raid. Yet Churchill
insisted that the raid be carried out **to "disrupt and confuse"
the German civilian population behind the lines.
Dresden's citizens barely had time to reach their shelters.
The first bomb fell at 10:09 p.m. The attack lasted 24 minutes,
leaving the inner city a raging sea of fire. "Precision saturation
bombing" had created the desired firestorm.
A firestorm is caused when hundreds of smaller fires join in one
vast conflagration. Huge masses of air are sucked in to feed
the inferno, causing an artificial tornado. Those persons unlucky
enough to be caught in the rush of wind are hurled down entire
streets into the flames. Those who seek refuge underground
often suffocate as oxygen is pulled from the air to feed the
blaze, or they perish in a blast of white heat**, heat intense
enough to melt human flesh.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN TARGETED
One eyewitness who survived told of seeing "young women
carrying babies running up and down the streets, their dresses
and hair on fire, screaming until they fell down, or the collapsing
buildings fell on top of them."
There was a three-hour pause between the first and second raids.
The lull had been calculated to lure civilians from their shelters
into the open again. To escape the flames, tens of thousands
of civilians had crowded into the Grosser Garten, a magnificent
park nearly one and a half miles square.
The second raid came at 1:22 a.m. with no warning. Twice as
many bombers returned with a massive load of incendiary
bombs. The second wave was designed to spread the raging
firestorm into the Grosser Garten.
It was a complete "success." Within a few minutes a sheet
of flame ripped across the grass, uprooting trees and littering
the branches of others with everything from bicycles to human
limbs. For days afterward, they remained bizarrely strewn
about as grim reminders of Allied sadism.
At the start of the second air assault, many were still huddled
in tunnels and cellars, waiting for the fires of the first attack
to die down. At 1:30 a.m. an ominous rumble reached the ears
of the commander of a Labor Service convoy sent into the city
on a rescue mission. He described it this way:
"The detonation shook the cellar walls. The sound of the
explosions mingled with a new, stranger sound which seemed
to come closer and closer, the sound of a thundering waterfall;
it was the sound of the mighty tornado howling in the inner city."
MELTING HUMAN FLESH
Others hiding below ground died. But they died painlessly**—
they simply glowed bright orange and blue in the darkness.
As the heat intensified, they either disintegrated into cinders
or melted into a thick liquid**, often three or four feet deep
Shortly after 10:30 on the morning of February 14, the last
raid swept over the city. American bombers pounded the rubble
that had been Dresden for a steady 38 minutes. But this attack
was not nearly as heavy as the first two.
However, what distinuished this raid was the cold-blooded
ruthlessness with which it was carried out. U.S. Mustangs
appeared low over the city, strafing anything that moved,
including a column of rescue vehicles rushing to the city to
evacuate survivors. One assault was aimed at the banks
of the Elbe River, where refugees had huddled during the
In the last year of the war, Dresden had become a hospital town.
During the previous night's massacre, heroic nurses had dragged
thousands of crippled patients to the Elbe. The low-flying
Mustangs machine-gunned those helpless patients, as well as
thousands of old men, women and children who had escaped
When the last plane left the sky, Dresden was a scorched ruin,
its blackened streets filled with corpses. The city was spared
no horror. A flock of vultures escaped from the zoo and fattened
on the carnage. Rats swarmed over the piles of corpses.
A Swiss citizen described his visit to Dresden two weeks after
the raid: "I could see torn-off arms and legs, mutilated torsos
and heads which had been wrenched from their bodies and
rolled away. In places the corpses were still lying so densely
that I had to clear a path through them in order not to tread
on arms and legs."
The death toll was staggering. The full extent of the Dresden
Holocaust can be more readily grasped if one considers that well
over 250,000—**possibly as many as a half a million**—persons died
within a 14-hour period, whereas estimates of those who died at
Hiroshima range from 90,000 to 140,000.*
Allied apologists for the massacre have often "twinned" Dresden
with the English city of Coventry. But the 380 killed in Coventry
during the entire war cannot begin to compare with over 1,000
times that number who were slaughtered in 14 hours at Dresden.
Moreover, Coventry was a munitions center, a legitimate military
target. Dresden, on the other hand, produced only china** and
cups and saucers can hardly be considered military hardware!
It is interesting to further compare the respective damage to
London and Dresden, especially when we recall all the Hollywood
schmaltz about the "London blitz." In one night, 1,6000 acres
of land were destroyed in the Dresden massacre. London
escaped with damage to only 600 acres during the entire war.
In one ironic note, Dresden's only conceivable military target**,
its railroad yards, **was ignored by Allied bombers. They were
too busy concentrating on helpless old men, women and children.
If ever there was a war crime, then certainly the Dresden Holocaust
ranks as the most sordid one of all time. Yet, there are no movies
made today condemning this fiendish slaugher; nor did any Allied
airman **or Sir Winston **sit in the dock at Nuremberg. In fact,
the Dresden airmen were actually awarded medals for their role
in this mass murder. But, of course, they could not have been
tried, because there were "only following orders."
This is not to say that the mountains of corpses left in Dresden
were ignored by the Nuremberg Tribunal. In one final irony,
the prosecution presented photographs of the Dresden dead as
"evidence" of alleged National Socialist atrocities against Jewish
concentration camp inmates!
Churchill, the monster who ordered the Dresden slaugher, was
knighted, and the rest is history. The cold-blooded sadism
of the massacre, however, is brushed aside by his biographers,
who still cannot bring themselves to tell how the desire of one
madman to "impress" another one let to the mass murder
of up to a half million men, women and children.
NEVER FORGET THE VICTIMS OF THIS
UNSPEAKABLE CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!
I hate it when they say, "He gave his life for his country." Nobody gives their life for anything. We steal the lives of these kids. We take it away from them. They don't die for the honor and glory of their country. We kill them."-- Admiral Gene LaRocque