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The Most Heinous Atrocity

– A Burnt Offering – 5 Jul 2020 | VertigoPolitix

: A Burnt Offering” is a short documentary about the bombing of , during .

The video explores the controversy surrounding the bombing, arguing that it was a war crime that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of civilians. The short film includes historical footage and images of the destruction caused by the bombing, as well as commentary from historians and other experts. The video aims to shed light on this tragic event in and encourage viewers to remember the lessons of the past.


had a population of 630,000, making it 's seventh largest city. However, a flood of refugees fleeing the Soviet advance in the East had swelled the population to over a million by early February 1945. The city was woefully unprepared for any sort of major aerial attack, lacking adequate bomb shelters and defences, such as antiaircraft guns and searchlights. The bombing of was a joint British and American aerial bombing attack on the city of , the capital of the German state of Saxony, during . The bombing took place in four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, during which 772 heavy bombers of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city. The bombing and the resulting firestorm destroyed more than 1,600 acres of the city centre.

The exact number of people killed in the bombing of has been a subject of controversy and debate for many years. Estimates of the death toll have fluctuated significantly over the past six decades, ranging from 35,000 to half a million. , a well-known historian, estimated that the death toll in the bombing was between 100,000 and 250,000 in his “The Destruction of ” published in 1963. Research by an independent group of historians commissioned by the city of has provided a more recent estimate. The results of this commission, published in 2010, stated that between 22,700 and 25,000 people were killed in the bombing.

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