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Dresden bombing memorialized by candlelight and protest

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A woman lights candles in front of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the allied bombings during World War II. The destruction of Dresden, in which 25,000 people were killed, sparked a debate on whether breaking public morale through the raids was justifiable since many believed the defeat of Hitler's Nazis was imminent.

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Neo-Nazis and their sympathizers march with torches to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden on Feb. 13, in Dresden. The annual memorial has become an opportunity for these organizations to promote their ideology.

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People stand along side each other to form a human chain during the 67th anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden during WWII in Dresden on Feb. 13. The chain was formed to protest against neo-nazis who use the memorial day to spread their ideology by demonstrations in Dresden.

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People light candles to build a form of a large candle at the Neumarkt Square in downtown Dresden, on Feb. 13, as citizens of Dresden commemorate victims of the Second World War who died during aerial bombardments. Between Feb. 13 – 15, 1945, 1,300 US and British heavy bombers dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city, the Baroque capital of the German state of Saxony. The resulting firestorm destroyed 15 square miles of the city center and killed an estimated 25,000 people.