Photo Gallery: Emerging from the Ruins
08/10/2010
When World War II came to an end in the spring of 1945, Germany lay in ruins....
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When World War II came to an end in the spring of 1945, Germany lay in ruins. The latter years of the war in particular had seen massive Allied bombing raids on Nazi Germany's biggest cities. Dresden was destroyed by a firestorm on Feb. 13 and 14, 1945. Some 25,000 people were killed and the city center was reduced to rubble.