antisemitism, Britain, David Irving, Dresden, Germany, History, Holocaust denialism, Kurt Vonnegut, New York Times, Oliver Kamm, Politics, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Destruction of Dresden, World War II

numbers matter

It is worth adding to Oliver Kamm‘s interesting posts (1 and 2) on Vonnegut, Irving, and Dresden, that the New York Times, in its obituary for Vonnegut, buys wholeheartedly the wildly inaccurate number of casualties proposed by David Irving in The Destruction of Dresden and re-proposed by Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse-Five:

He [Vonnegut] was there on Feb. 13, 1945, when the Allies firebombed Dresden in a massive air attack that killed 130,000 people and destroyed a landmark of no military significance (*)


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