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Dresden's Destruction The Misappropriation of a Tragedy

For years, the right wing in Germany has been trying to instrumentalize the World War II destruction of Dresden. With the 75th anniversary of the bombing now here, many in the city are fed up with the debate.
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A pile of burning corpses on Dresden's Altmarkt Square in February 1945.

A pile of burning corpses on Dresden's Altmarkt Square in February 1945.

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A view from the top of the tower of Dresden's City Hall.
A view from the top of the tower of Dresden's City Hall.

A view from the top of the tower of Dresden's City Hall.

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A neo-Nazi demonstration in front of the Semperoper opera house in Dresden on the 2014 anniversary of the city's World War II destruction.

A neo-Nazi demonstration in front of the Semperoper opera house in Dresden on the 2014 anniversary of the city's World War II destruction.

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