Germany to commemorate 75th anniversary of Dresden bombing; far right seeks to minimize Nazi crimes

Germany will mark 75 years since the destruction of Dresden in World War II on Thursday, with the far right seeking to inflate victim numbers and play down Nazi crimes.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will give a speech at Dresden’s Palace of Culture, walking a fine line between remembering those killed in the Allied air raids on the eastern city and stressing Germany’s responsibility for the war.

At 1630 GMT, he will join thousands of residents in forming a human chain of “peace and tolerance” as church bells ring out.

But as in past years, the commemoration is set to attract neo-Nazis, while the far-right AfD party will man an information booth to tell the supposed “truth” about the bombings and demand a grander memorial for the victims.

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