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post #1 of 1 Old Dec 28th, 2011, 4:55 pm Thread Starter
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Slaughterhouse 5

Well, if you're familiar with that literary icon, then you are now here

I have been fascinated by Kurt Vonnegut's version of the fire bombing of Dresden near the end of WW2 since high school. I'm working in Leipzig, Germany and had a chance to run down to Dresden today. Those familiar with the book will be engaged by the fact that the next 2 images are of the exact complex of which house 5, where Vonnegut was actually held as a POW during the war, was/is located. No one knows exactly which buildings are which, but this is the original complex. Wiki says the area was used as a slaughterhouse until 1995. The Commies were never too good at renewing anything, just used it as is.

This piece of history is on no tour I could find, nor is there a marker of any kind in the area. A web search turned up a set of lat/longs that got me there.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else here has had the opportunity to see this POW site?

This last shot is a long range view of Colditz Castle, another POW camp. Another fascinating story in itself. Google that one for some amazing stories.

If anyone is interested in more images from Saxony as well as in and around the castle, my smugmug link is below. Just pics, no descriptions.


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