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Germany marks 70th anniversary of Dresden bombing

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 01:38

German President Joachim Gauck joins a memorial service in Dresden to honor the victims of the WWII bombing raid that killed 25,000 people 70 years ago. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MAYOR OF COVENTRY, ENGLAND, HAZEL NOONAN, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOOTAGE OF BOY PLACING CANDLE ON CANDLE HOLDER) "This candle is from Coventry and represents peace and reconciliation." A ceremony in Germany's Frauenkirche to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. Some 25,000 people were killed in the campaign. The Archbishop of Canterbury offers condolences. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, JUSTIN WELBY, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOOTAGE OF CONGREGATION LISTENING TO SERMONS) "Much debate surrounds this controversial raid of the Allied bombing campaign. Whatever the arguments, events here 70 years ago, left a deep wound and diminished all our humanity. So as a follower of Jesus I stand here among you with a profound feeling of regret and deep sorrow." German President Joachim Gauck recalls the German victims of the Second World War. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN PRESIDENT, JOACHIM GAUCK, SAYING: "We want to emphasize it once again: We know, who started the murderous war. We know it. And that's why we want and will never forget the victims of the German warfare. We will not forget, when we commemorate the German victims today and in this place." As night descends people gather outside -- as the bells chime to mark the moments when the bombs first fell creating a lethal firestorm that tore through the streets.

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Germany marks 70th anniversary of Dresden bombing

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 01:38