“Even then I was supposedly writing a book about Dresden. It wasn’t a famous air raid back then in America.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

Dresden had been worse than Hiroshima according to Vonnegut. Read his novel Slaughterhouse Five. – link to daily bulletin DOT com 2017/09/09 so-it-goes -a kurt-vonnegut tour of dresden – link to latimes DOT com – archives la-xpm-2000-aug-30-me-12456-story DOT html – Why Agonize Over Hiroshima, Not Dresden? – BY ERNEST W. LEFEVERAUG. 30, 2000 12 AM PT

kurtvonnegut-tour – a tour of Dresden as Kurt Vonnegut experienced it. – “Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony. This town was founded in the year 1206. The river Elbe cross the city. Dresden is spreading in this valley.”

Why do some Americans feel guilty about our justified bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which immediately killed 120,000 Japanese (some estimates are significantly higher), and not about the unjustified bombing of Dresden, which killed 135,000 Germans?

link to https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-aug-30-me-12456-story.html – by BY ERNEST W. LEFEVERAUG. 30, 2000 12 AM PT, Why Agonize Over Hiroshima, Not Dresden?

A Science Fiction set in the Past

Billy Pilgrim became unstuck in time. – A time-travel novel. – link to https://www.spokesmanbooks.com/Spokesman/PDF/90Vonnegut.pdf – Dispatch from: A Man Without a Country.

As an American prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the firebombing of Dresden, Germany in 1945 from the cellar of a slaughterhouse, an experience he later recounted in his most celebrated novel, “Slaughterhouse-Five.” His stand-in, Billy Pilgrim, described the event as “the greatest massacre in European history.”

link to https://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/09/09/so-it-goes-a-kurt-vonnegut-tour-of-dresden/ – by By DAVID ALLEN | dallen@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
September 9, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.


The capital city of the German state of Saxony and its second most populous city, after Leipzig. It is the 12th most populous city of Germany, the fourth largest by area (following BerlinHamburg and Cologne), and the third most populous city in the area of former East Germany, following Berlin and Leipzig.

Dresden 1521 – By Unknown author – Self-scanned, Public Domain

Dresden had been largely destroyed once before, in 1760. It had been spared during World War II until February 1945, when a four-night aerial bombing attack by the Americans and British dropped more than 3,900 tons of explosives on the city.

link to https://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/09/09/so-it-goes-a-kurt-vonnegut-tour-of-dresden/, – by By DAVID ALLEN | dallen@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
September 9, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.

Code-named Thunderclap

link to codenames – info – operation – thunderclap-ii –

The cities designated as chokepoints, where bombing would, it was believed, achieve maximum results for the land campaign were Berlin, Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig. Intensive bombing of these targets was carried out with the intention of disrupting the rear areas of the German forces on the Eastern Front, and so aid the Soviet advance, as had been requested by the Soviets at the ‘Argonaut’ conference at Yalta.

link to https://codenames.info/operation/thunderclap-ii/

Science fiction

Science fiction (sometimes shortened to sci-fi or SF) is – a genre of speculative fiction – that typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technologyspace explorationtime travelparallel universes, and extraterrestrial life.

Science fiction – Slaughterhouse Five is a work of protest literature by Kurt Vonnegut with elements of Sci-Fi

The Right to Protest During the Pandemic – Vonnegut – Blog – Link

Renowned author Kurt Vonnegut took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor.

link to https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/what-is-the-vonnegut-library/

Slaughterhouse Fivescience fiction infused anti-war novel. – protest literature – link to vonnegut library DOT org – the right to protest during the pandemic

About Today’s Featured Image: -By Louis de Silvestre – – Public Domain,

Frauenkirche in Dresden

By Rainer Lippert – Own work, Public Domain,

Dresden Zwinger Sophienkirche

By Detroit Publishing Co.Adam Cuerden (restoration) – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.00942., Public Domain

Bombing of Dresden in World War II

link to Bombing of Dresden in World War II – The bombing of Dresden was a BritishAmerican aerial bombing attack on the city of Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, during World War II. – four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945

Date13–15 February 1945
ResultStrategic targets destroyed
Heavy German casualties
Destruction of city centre
German troop movements impeded
Bombing of Dresden in World War II

Augustus II

Augustus II the StrongAugustus II[a] (12 May 1670 – 1 February 1733), most commonly known as Augustus the Strong, was Elector of Saxony from 1694 as well as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania in the years 1697–1706 and from 1709 until his death in 1733. – link to history info – on this day 1670 – Augustus II THE Strong – king of Poland – mistresses-illegitimate-offspring – “That nickname was given to him due to his extraordinary physical strength.” – link to Lithuanian Commonwealth – the historic Late Middle Ages territorial possessions of the King of Poland, including the Kingdom of Poland proper

Dresden Zwinger Sophienkirche

link to and then face 2 face DOT wordpress DOT com 2013/06/15 the sophienkirche from the zwinger courtyard dresden c-1935 – “This stereograph shows the twin steeples of Dresden’s only Gothic church, the Sophienkirche, with the courtyard of the Zwinger in the foreground. The Zwinger was a palace designed by the Dresden architect Matthäus Pöppelmann for the Elector of Saxony, Augustus the Strong.

About The Zwinger Palace And Its History

  • link to my german city DOT com zwinger palace –

Construction began in 1710 on this lovely royal residence and was completed by 1728. The Zwinger Palace was built for Augustus the Strong, an elector of Saxony and the future king of Poland. Augustus wanted his own palace to rival that of Louis XIV’s Versailles, which he had visited during a tour of France. The architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann designed the palace and courtyard complex in the German Baroque style. The Zwinger was a wedding venue in 1719 (before its completion) for the nuptials of Friedrich August and the Hapsburg Emperor’s daughter Maria Josepha.

link to https://www.mygermancity.com/zwinger-palace

Understanding the bombing of Dresden

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De Havilland DH 98 Mosquito

The unjustified bombing of Dresden killed 135,000 Germans. – link to cliffs notes DOT com – literature s slaughterhouse five – critical essays – understanding the bombing of dresden –

“The bombing of Dresden began February 13, 1945, and lasted through April 17 — a period of two months — yet even today, it remains one of the most controversial military decisions in modern warfare.”

“Code-named Thunderclap, a plan put forth by Allied military leaders to bomb sequentially one large German city after another, the Dresden destruction began the night of February 13, 1945, when Britain’s Royal Air Force sent planes to bomb the city.”

link to https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/s/slaughterhousefive/critical-essays/understanding-the-bombing-of-dresden

Science Fiction has been called the “literature of ideas“, and often explores the potential consequences of scientific, social, and technological innovations.[1][2]


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