Monday, February 15, 2016
Dresden Firebombing Anniversary - So it goes
February is the 71st Anniversary of the Dresden massacre. I had a request from Europe to do a video about the subject. I never know what to say. What can you say about a massacre of civilians?
Below is the information passed to me.
“ group of Jewish intellectuals at Oxford. Among them was Frederick Alexander Lindemann (1886-1957), a Jew from Alsace (which was still part of Germany). After studying physics in Berlin with Walter Nernst, he was appointed Professor at Oxford in 1919 and became the leading British scientist as adviser to Winston Churchill. As a Jew, he hated Nazi Germany, and like Churchill issued strong warnings on the German threat. The word "cosmopolitan" means Jewish in Russia, since there is a worldwide network of Jews from whom Lindemann obtained vital information that the pre-Churchill governments did not have. Everyone wondered where Churchill got his unusual wealth of information. “
Have you ever heard about him? " Lindemann estimated that every 40 tons of bombs "dropped on built-up areas" would "make 4,000 to 8,000 people homeless." This report to the PM stated: "In 1938 over 22 million Germans lived in 58 towns of over 100,000 inhabitants, which, with modern equipment, should be easy to find and hit." Hastings concluded that Lindemann "[h]oped to create a nation of refugees, and no doubt also a good many corpses under the rubble, although he was too genteel to say so." "
“There were of course discussions and disagreements regarding strategic and tactical approaches to the bombing of Germany. But Lindemann's report is considered the basic text behind the wholesale bombing of civilian targets.”
‘They [the British Air Chiefs] argued that the desired result, of reducing German industrial production, would be more readily achieved if the homes of the workers in the factories were destroyed; if the workers were kept busy arranging for the burial of their wives and children, output might reasonably be expected to fall… It was concentrated on working class houses because, as Professor Lindemann maintained, a higher percentage of bloodshed per ton of explosives dropped could be expected from bombing houses built close together, rather than by bombing higher class houses surrounded by gardens.’ Advance to Barbarism, F.J.P. Veale.