Sunday, February 14, 2010

Human Chain

Yesterday was the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden. On February 13th, 1945, thousands of people died and Dresden was literally flattened after the fire-bombing. On this day every year, a group of neo-nazis gather in Dresden, and "mourn" their losses, and praise the rebuilding of Dresden. Since this year was the 65th anniversary, the police expected 6500 Neo-Nazis to gather in the city. There were police everywhere! A group of us decided to join our RAs at the anti-neo-nazi demonstration. Thousands of people held hands and made a human chain on our side of the river during the ringing of the church bells. The ringing signified the length of the bombing of the city. After the bells stopped, we all cheered! The amount of energy and love at the demonstration was incredible. It was an amazing thing to be a part of, and something I will never forget.

Here is a picture of the Frauenkirche after the bombing. Being in this beautiful city now makes it so hard to imagine Dresden in ruins. It's utterly amazing how the city was rebuilt to look like it was before the fire bombing.

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