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Posted 02/13/2018   12:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kris Rascher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The days of 13-14th February, 1945, were an absolute horror in the old city of Dresden. The city, which was full to overflowing with refugees from regions further east, was bombed to oblivion. The souvenir sheet, issued by the Stamperija Agency for the Maldives, may well have been produced for souvenir hunters, and most likely not for use on a letter or for philatelists. A streetcar, much less people, could not have been out and about that close to the flames. The fires took the oxygen out of the air and created a storm. Death toll estimates range from 26-30,000. Note Church of our Lady which remained standing for a few days.
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another famous refugee from Dresden. Sistine Madonna and a thousand more paintings were saved from flooding in abandoned mines near Dresden. The paintings were taken to the USSR, restored, in 1955 they were shown at an exhibition in Moscow and returned to Dresden.
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Another stamp featuring the bombing of Dresden, February 14, 1945. In the background soldiers at the fountain on the old market square placing bodies on huge pyre because they could not be buried properly. An uncounted number of children became refugees/orphans. Part of an old postcard shows the market square about 1900.

(Hello, Alexey, When I visited Dresden last time, I sat for a long time admiring this beautiful large painting. I didn't know it had been rescued by Russians! K.)
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