Thousands of Germans gathered in the eastern city of Dresden on Sunday, not just to remember the horrific bombing of the city by the allies in 1945, but to oppose neo-nazis who have tried to hijack the anniversary in recent years, claiming it was as bad as the holocaust.
Around 17,000 people, including many families, formed a human chain around the inner city.
Explaining their motives, one man said “it’s to show that we are against the neo-nazis, and that Dresden is a democratic town. It’s also to commemorate February 13”. That was the day the bombing started 65 years ago.
The number of neo-nazis that showed up was small by comparison, most of them covering their faces with black hoods. Some were detained by the police.
The Second World War was as good as over when the allies dropped thousands of bombs on Dresden, causing a fire storm, and killing more than 22,000 people. The city centre was completely destroyed.