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The Dresden Firebombing

The Dresden Firebombing

Memory and the Politics of Commemorating Destruction

by Tony Joel
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Publication Date: 30/04/2020
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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:
9781350159075
9781350159075
Category:
War crimes
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
30-04-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
215.9x139.7x20.32mm
Weight:
0.45kg
Tony Joel

Tony Joel is Associate Professor in History at Deakin University.

He has taught sports history at Deakin for over a decade and has won multiple prizes for his teaching, including most recently a National Award for Teaching Excellence (2016).

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