Events mark WW2 Dresden bombing

Feb. 13, 2005 at 11:06 AM
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DRESDEN, Germany, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Germans Sunday marked the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden during World War II.

As ambassadors from the United States, Great Britain, Russia and France attended a wreath-laying ceremony, a speaker told 2,000 neo-Nazis at a rally that then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wanted all Germans killed, the BBC reported.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder condemned the far right's disruption of events, but also said Germany should mourn its own war dead and remember the impact of a war started by Germany.

"This is our obligation to all the victims of the war and Nazi terror especially, and also the victims of Dresden," he said.

Some 10,000 candles will be lighted and church bells throughout the city will ring at the moment the first bombs fell in an attack that killed 35,000 people to make way for ground forces closing in on the Nazi regime.

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