Holocaust Denial on Trial, or HDoT, makes a very interesting statement about the firebombing of Dresden. I ask that you to read the highlighted text and hold it in your pocket until the end of the article.
The remainder of HDoT’s statement is about David Irving’s death count for Dresden. I will not be getting into that. Whether the death count was 25,000 and 35,000, as the orthodox Holocaust historians say, or it was 35,000 and possibly as high as 250,000, as Irving claims, the firebombing of Dresden was still a war crime.
HDoT does not address the issue of the Dresden firebombing being a war crime, however. They do not address the controversy surrounding this unjustifiable military action. Instead they chose to attack the numbers of one historian like that is the only thing that matters. It’s not the only thing that matters.
An article from History.com even admits the purpose of the firebombing was to terrorize the civilian population:
Later on in the same article tells us that the destruction of Dresden did not only cause the death of innocent civilians, women, children, refugees and even POWs of the Allied army, it also caused massive cultural destruction.
What was the purpose for this mass-scale destruction? It is claimed that there was a fear that Germany would regroup, yet Germany was clearly losing the war. Did this really warrant attacking a defenseless city with no military operations?
An alternative, yet still unjustifiable, reason for the destruction of Dresden is that it was meant to be a warning to Stalin. Imagine the disregard for human life that would have been necessary to authorize the destruction of a city and its people for the purpose of posturing.
Just reading the table of contents of Alexander McKee’s book, Dresden 1945: The Devil’s Tinderbox, gives us a glimpse into the horrors of the bombings. There were four waves of attack. During the interval between the second and third attacks a rescue operation would have been mounted. Those efforts would have turned deadly for the emergency personnel as a third wave of attack was waged.
What was is like to be in the middle of a firestorm in a city that is on the receiving end of 1,400 tons of high-explosive bombs and more than 1,100 tons of incendiaries? An excerpt of Margret Freyer’s story from McKee’s book gives us an idea. Yes, I know the unreliable nature of witness testimony. However in the case of the Dresden firebombing there was tangible evidence left behind. Unlike the Holocaust it is uncontested because it obviously happened.
What the Allies did to Dresden was actually a holocaust in the literal meaning of the word. Holo being whole, entire, complete. Caust meaning to burn or fire. Yet despite all this HDoT only sees it fitting to only go on about the death count.
It’s time to take HDot’s words out of your pocket. Now I’m going to change around a few things to make a point: Orthodox Holocaust historians often use the alleged Holocaust as evidence of Axis war crimes. They do so to minimize the deliberate mass murder of civilians committed by the Allies.
Do you see what you’ve done, HDoT? You’ve accused others of what you, yourself, have done. You have minimized the firebombing of Dresden by making it only about the numbers.
This article is just scratching the surface of the tragedy that befell Dresden. I encourage you to watch these two documentaries to learn more: