These people died in the attack on Dresden on February 13, 1945. Due to the extreme heat of the fires during the bombing of this air raid shelter was deprived of oxygen and thus these people were suffocated but also mummified at the same time. These photographs were taken in 1952 when this room was accidentally discovered during construction.
On the night of February 13, 1945 RAF bombers dropped 2,500 bombs on historic Dresden. The city had little military or strategic value. The next day, the USAF began bombing Dresden’s railways, bridges and transportation facilities, killing thousands more. On February 15, another 200 U.S. bombers continued their assault on the city’s infrastructure. Due to an unknown number of refugees in Dresden at the time of the attacks, Death toll estimates range from 35,000-135,000 civilians.
1945: GERMANY. Britain and the United States commit one of the most gruesome war crimes of the Second World War when they firebomb the German city of Dresden, crammed with hundreds of thousands of refugees. The few legitimate military targets in or near Dresden, including a vital railway bridge, are not targeted. The bombing creates a firestorm, literally a holocaust, which destroys thirteen square miles of the historical core of the city.