I was about to go to Dresden for a small vacation, and did as I always do before I go to any European city – Research for my “hobby” – world war two history of the city.
It’s a hobby I carry for a long time, no cure known to science.
I was very much surprised to find out that Dresden has a black hole in its memory, and it’s like the whole story of WW2 is only the bombing of the city and nothing before.
I tried to look for WW2 tours and Holocaust tour – Nothing.
I promised myself, that I will write a small guide with as much information as possible for whom will look for the same information that I couldn’t find on the Internet before visiting.
1. Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse 5) tour.
If you don’t know the book, it is a short and easy read. It’s based on true events that occurred while the author of this book served as an American soldier in WW2, imprisoned and jailed in Dresden during the allied bombing of Dresden.
The guide, Danilo, is a very smart and informative person with lots of knowledge about Dresden during the war. Try to take from him as many details that you can on this subject, the tour is following the book, but Danilo holds much more information.
2. The Jews of Dresden during the war – Free map and audio tour.
On the place where once stood the old synagogue now standing two landmarks – one is an active synagogue and one is the communities management house (On the right side), there, you can get a free map called: “Audioscript: on the persecution and annihilation of the Jews in Dresden 1933 – 1945”.
With this map, you can go to their website (www.audioscrip.net) and stream a guided tour (If you don’t have sufficient cellular internet, you can also download the mp3 files before from any wifi (home, hotel) network.
3. The deportation point of the Jews of Dresden.
On the Neu Bahnhof, there is a sign saying that from there went trough the deportation trains of the Jews of Dresden. This information is false.
The real point is 200 meters from there, behind a wall, in what looks to be a private parking area, half on the street.
This area behind the station is not nice, so come there during the daytime.
You can see the old rail where the wagons stopped. The wooden end of the rail is still the original one.
The building on the side is a mystery to me.
I think that its a synagogue because of the Star of David and thecrown like metals above it. I couldn’t find any information about it (I added this entry to Google maps), but it looks like they were deported in front of the synagogue?
Information given by Lydia Wellmann (thanks!)
The building is now abandoned, and homeless and drunk people live there.
I hope to get more information about WW2 in Dresden and really hope that this city will stop hiding and denying these times in its history, invest in rebuilding the more modern history part than just the ancient ones.
I will be happy to get any more information on this subject if you have – please write me!