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February 13, 2013

“So It Goes”

Kurt Vonnegut   (1922 - 2007)

Kurt Vonnegut
(1922 – 2007)

On the evening of this day in 1945, British and U.S. planes began the 48-hour bombing of Dresden, Germany. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is the most famous fictional record of what resulted — a firestorm that destroyed 85% of the city and killed 135,000 people. Vonnegut “got about five dollars for each corpse,” he said, and a life-long desire to prevent such things from ever happening again.

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