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The author Kurt Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden Germany during the allied bombing raids and was later forced to dig out bodies from the ruined city.

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She had marvellous old churches, aloe vera skin gel libraries, aloe vera skin gel museums, aloe vera skin gel theatres, aloe vera skin gel art galleries, aloe vera skin gel beer gardens, aloe vera skin gel a zoo and a renowned university. It was at one time a tourist’s paradise. Aloe vera skin gel They would be far better informed on the city’s delights than am I. Aloe vera skin gel But the impression I have is that in Dresden – in the physical city – were the symbols of the good life; pleasant, aloe vera skin gel honest, aloe vera skin gel intelligent. Aloe vera skin gel In the swastika’s shadow, aloe vera skin gel those symbols of the dignity and hope of mankind stood waiting, aloe vera skin gel monuments to truth. Aloe vera skin gel The accumulated treasure of hundreds of years, aloe vera skin gel Dresden spoke eloquently of those things excellent in European civilisa-tion wherein our debt lies deep. 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Aloe vera skin gel The only sounds other than our own were those of falling plaster and their echoes. (snip) We cut our way through a basement wall to discover a reeking hash of over 100 human beings. Aloe vera skin gel Flame must have swept through before the building’s collapse sealed the exits, aloe vera skin gel because the flesh of those within resembled the texture of prunes. Our job, aloe vera skin gel it was explained, aloe vera skin gel was to wade into the shambles and bring forth the remains. Aloe vera skin gel Encouraged by cuffing and guttural abuse, aloe vera skin gel wade in we did. We did exactly that, aloe vera skin gel for the floor was covered with an unsavoury broth from burst water mains and viscera. A number of victims, aloe vera skin gel not killed outright, aloe vera skin gel had attempted to escape through a narrow emergency exit. Aloe vera skin gel At any rate, aloe vera skin gel there were several bodies packed tightly into the passageway. 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Aloe vera skin gel A boy had his dog still leashed to him. Renegade Ukrainians in German uniform were in charge of our operations in the shelters proper. Aloe vera skin gel They were roaring drunk from adjacent wine cellars and seemed to enjoy their job hugely. It was a profitable one, aloe vera skin gel for they stripped each body of valuables before we carried it to the street. Aloe vera skin gel Death became so commonplace that we could joke about our dismal burdens and cast them about like so much garbage. Not so with the first of them, aloe vera skin gel especially the young: we had lifted them on to the stretchers with care, aloe vera skin gel laying them out with some semblance of funeral dignity in their last resting place before the pyre. Aloe vera skin gel But our awed and sorrowful propriety gave way, aloe vera skin gel as I said, aloe vera skin gel to rank callousness. Aloe vera skin gel At the end of a grisly day, aloe vera skin gel we would smoke and survey the impressive heap of dead accumulated. Aloe vera skin gel One of us flipped his cigarette butt into the pile: “Hell’s bells, aloe vera skin gel” he said, aloe vera skin gel “I’m ready for Death any time he wants to come after me.” A few days after the raid, aloe vera skin gel the sirens screamed again. Aloe vera skin gel The listless and heartsick survivors were showered this time with leaflets. Aloe vera skin gel I lost my copy of the epic, aloe vera skin gel but remember that it ran something like this: “To the people of Dresden: we were forced to bomb your city because of the heavy military traffic your railroad facilities have been carrying. Aloe vera skin gel We realise that we haven’t always hit our objectives. Aloe vera skin gel Destruction of anything other than military objectives was unintentional, aloe vera skin gel unavoidable fortunes of war.” That explained the slaughter to everyone’s satisfaction, aloe vera skin gel I am sure, aloe vera skin gel but it aroused no little contempt. Aloe vera skin gel It is a fact that 48 hours after the last B-17 had droned west for a well-earned rest, aloe vera skin gel labour battalions had swarmed over the damaged rail yards and restored them to nearly normal service. Aloe vera skin gel None of the rail bridges over the Elbe was knocked out of commission. Aloe vera skin gel Bomb-sight manufacturers should blush to know that their marvellous devices laid bombs down as much as three miles wide of what the military claimed to be aiming for. 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