Remembering Dresden

When I visited East Germany in 1986, this statue of Martin Luther stood in front of all that remained of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, destroyed by allied bombing in February 1945. The post-war Communist authorities had wanted to clear the site to turn into a car park, but realising that might be a step too far, instead preserved the ruins as a war memorial. After reunification, moves to rebuild the church gathered pace. Construction began in 1994, with the completed church rededicated in 2005.

Read about my visit to East Germany in the Kindle book One of our Balloons is Missing.

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