Kurt Vonnegut

One of the famous POW in Dresden was Kurt Vonnegut, the author of “Slaughterhouse Five or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death” . Dresden Walks now offers the thematic tour “In the footsteps of Kurt Vonnegut-Slaughterhouse No. 5 Tour Dresden” in collaboration with NightwalkTeam Dresden.
Learn about Vonnegut’s stay in Dresden as a POW, and visit the only cellar in the slaughter house that has survived. This is where Vonnegut lived and survived the firebombing of Dresden.
Start: Mondays – Fridays at 11:00 am from King Johann’s Statue, Theaterplatz, Dresden. Tours need to be booked in advance.
Look out for the neon yellow flag carried by the member of the NightWalk Team Dresden

April 6th 2013

REMINDER OF “SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE”

Since February this year Dresden has a new memorial to illuminate firebombing of Dresden in 1945: the installation wall “Slaughterhouse five or the Children’s Crusade”. On the original site of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous anti-war-book Slaughterhouse-Five Ruairí O’Brien, an Irish architect who lives in Dresden, created this “information sculpture”.
In the basement of the former slaughterhouse survived the American writer – like his hero Billy Pilgrim – a prisoner of war the Allied bombing raid on Dresden on February 13th.
Although many tourists from all over the world every year come here to visit the authentic site, but there was no real form of remembering until now. That has changed now. The Collage “Slaughterhouse Five” shows aspects of the senselessness of wars and the destruction of Dresden in 1945. O’Brien included quotations from Kurt Vonnegut, Viktor Klemperer, Erich Kästner and also several cartoon drawings.

(Claudia)