Stephen Combe asks, Wednesday, March 25, 2009, about the German official commission investigating the Dresden death roll.
Photo: An RAF Lancaster Bomber takes off with a full load of explosives. From an 8mm movie film taken by Air Commodore H I Cozens, provided by him to David Irving for his book: "Apocalypse 1945: the Destruction of Dresden" [buy the book | free download | photo gallery]
How many died in Dresden?
I AM currently a student at the University of Nottingham, studying German and history. I am currently writing a small research project (5,000 words) entitled "The Bombing of Dresden 1945: The Question of Casualties and Morality". My task is to explain the historiographical shifts surrounding the bombings which have occurred since 1945 to the present.
It has come to my attention that recently in 2008 a state-sponsored group of historians (headed by Rolf-Dieter Müller has undertaken a massive amount of research and have seemingly comprehensively concluded that no more than 25,000 people perished.
I was wondering if you had any particular response to these findings? Having read and thoroughly enjoyed "The Destruction of Dresden", I was hoping that if anyone was able to challenge this apparent new historical consensus, it would be you. I hope that you can find the time to reply, even if you also accept these new revelations.
I would ideally request an interview but I am not so foolish to expect you to have time to talk directly to a lowly undergraduate!
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David Irving comments:
I will be happy to talk with you about this topic. . . I do have strong views on the new "findings" which seem to be guided by political correctness. I have assembled a collection of unique documents on the Dresden death roll, including those now returned to me by the German government archives (Bundesachiv) after my expulsion from Germany in 1993, and I shall post them all on this website with a written argument here.