numbers matter

April 17, 2007

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 (*)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: