Report from Dresden-Memorial 2018
In the course of the „Area Bombing Directive“ issued on February 14th, 1942, the direct order of the British Air Ministry for surface bombardment, between 13th and 15th February 1945, British and American air forces flew four attack waves against the saxon city of Dresden.
Under the leadership of Sir Arthur Travers Harris, numerous german cities were seriously damaged by the Royal Air Force (RAF), such as Hamburg (July / August 1943), Braunschweig (October 15th, 1944), Magdeburg (January 16th, 1945), Dresden (February 13th-15th, 1945), Pforzheim (February 23rd, 1945), Mainz (February 27th, 1945), Würzburg (March 16th, 1945), and Hildesheim (March 22nd, 1945). The commander-in-chief of the RAF’s Bomber Command since February 1942 was a fervent supporter of the so-called „Moral Bombing“, that is, the area-bombardment to break the morale and resistance of the german population. The fact that this deliberately included the destruction of civilian targets is illustrated by a quotation from the RAF Chief of Staff, Marshal of the Royal Air Force from 1944 and also an advocate of the surface attack strategy, Sir Charles Portal.
I assume that it is clear that the targets are built-up areas and will not be shipyards or aircraft plants for example, according to annex A. This must be made clear to everyone, if it has not been understood that way
For this reason, nationalists in Dresden since 1999 remind of the destruction of their city and the countless death under the allied bombing. So also in 2018…
Just in time for 15:30, the march set in motion for this year’s traditional Dresden commemoration “Dresden-Gedenken”, in which more than 600 participants from 7 European nations took part. The route led from the trainstation Dresden-Reick through the eponymous district, as well as the adjacent Dresden-Gruna in the direction of the Great Garden. Both districts were in the destruction area, which is why various commemorative plaques point to the victims and losses caused by the Anglo-American bomb terror. Thus, in the area of the old Reick village center, which counted until 1945 among the best preserved in Dresden, only a few of the historic houses have been preserved. The attacks also destroyed the old Reick Guesthouse and the cinema “Reicker Lichtspielhaus”. Likewise, several residential units fell victim to the allied bombing. Gruna was also severely hit during the attacks. In contrast to Reick, the Gruna village center, but also the “parking garage Rothermund” or the excursion restaurant “green meadow” were completely destroyed. In the area of the Falkensteinplatz, today a commemorative plaque remembers the heavily damaged residential buildings, which were rebuilt already 1949/50 under the sponsorship of the then mayor Walter Weidauer. The place of the final rally at the Great Garden, not far from the Dresden Zoo, which was also affected by the attacks, was directly related to the tragic events of February 13-15, 1945. Not only were the park and the buildings in it considerably destroyed in the attacks, but also lost many refugees, seeking protection in the Great Garden, their lives.
While the event was completely peaceful and disciplined, the departure of some of the guests was overshadowed by raids by left-wing extremists. Although the legal work has already started – it is not expected that the perpetrators will be seized – these incidents make it clear how much some journeymen hate the upright remembrance of the dead of our people. For years, the Antifa Alliance Dresden-Nazifrei has emerged here in particular. With its message from Dresden as a so-called perpetrator city, it prepares a fertile breeding ground for self-hatred that degenerates to the most brutal violence.
The way to the so-called “Mahngang Täterspuren” (offender traces), the attempt of the extreme left coalition to anchor Dresden as a guilty city in the collective memory, found according to media reports about 400 people. In the previous year it was up to 900. The left-wing alliance, which can still rely on the energetic support of the city of Dresden, as well as various clubs and institutions, such as unions, Young Socialists or the Technical University of Dresden, decided in the course of the day Termination of his event. Instead, they wanted to support the hitherto barely frequented rally on the edge of the Great Garden, to which Mayor Dirk Hilbert had called, but did not let himself be seen.
At the final rally after the two-hour uninterrupted march, came next to the MEP Udo Voigt, Roland Wuttke and Thorsten Heise also delegations from the Czech Republic, Spain and France to speak. In addition, delegations from Cyprus, Sweden and Serbia took part in this year’s Dresden memorial itself. The speaker of the French delegation, which subsequently presented a tricolor as a sign of friendship between our peoples, which served in the French army in the last great war between our nations, made it clear, among other things:
We are here to tell the truth: that the massacre of thousands of german civilians in a city of no military importance, where thousands of refugees escaped the bolshevik hordes, was and is a war crime
A Spanish participant who arrived eight years after the great blockade at the station Neustädter Bahnhof in Dresden, thanked the organizers of the commemoration for their perseverance and efforts on behalf of all Spanish nationalists, that the tragic and criminal events that took place 73 years ago in this city, despite all the difficulties that have occurred over the years, have not been forgotten and the victims receive an appropriate tribute. He continued to admonish:
In these modern days, that which does not appear in the media will not be remembered. And when it is not remembered, it is forgotten and erased from the collective memory. That’s why events like today are very important, even if the mass media talk bad about them because they could make people investigate and be aware of what happened in this and other German cities
Traditionally, a minute’s silence and the singing of the national anthem ended this year’s Dresden commemoration on February 10th and resonates with the call:
“Never forget Dresden!”
Author of this report is official representative of Junge Nationalisten (JN)