It's in the middle of the night and the bells are ringing

by Volker Weber

I was briefly wondering what is going on. Then I remembered. 61 years ago more than 11,000 people died in one night when this city we live in was destroyed. The bells will be ringing for 25 minutes. That was the duration of the attack.


The building in the front is a church that has been rebuilt. I pass by it almost every single day.


Jau, und die haben auch die allerdicksten Glocken ausgepackt. Mich hat's tüschtsch durchgerüttelt.

Kristof Doffing, 2005-09-12

Thanks, Volker. We tend to forget that war and its destruction.

Eric Parsons, 2005-09-12

Mostly, we try to forget Darmstadt. That was the one raid for which there seems to be no possible military explanation, at least not given the timing of events. War is never going to be a happy thing; lives are lost, cities are left in ruins. But at least there is usually some greater purpose for the things that are done, something that can, in some way, justify the death and destruction. Darmstadt was an abberation.

Stan Rogers, 2005-09-12

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