Monday, April 25, 2016

Nuremberg - Germany

I've already said before that Nuremberg is one of the German cities that would like to visit.
The 1st thing that comes to mind when thinking about this city is the Second World War and it is not surprising, Nuremberg was the 2nd most bombed German city during the war. The city had been the location of the Nazi Party's Nuremberg rallies and after the war the German officials involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity were brought before an international tribunal in the Nuremberg trials.
The first card, an official, shows the destruction caused by bombing during World War II and the second card, sent by Ina, shows the Church of Our Lady.

Fotos: © Stadtarchiv Nürnberg A 41 Nr. 114-7 und Bildagentur Huber
 The city was severely damaged in Allied strategic bombing from 1943–45. On 29 March 1944, RAF endured its heaviest losses in the bombing campaign of Germany. Out of more than 700 planes participating, 106 were shot down or crash landed on the way home to their base, and more than 700 men were missing, as many as 545 of them dead. More than 160 became prisoners of war. On 2 January 1945, the medieval city centre was systematically bombed by the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Forces and about ninety percent of it was destroyed in only one hour, with 1,800 residents killed and roughly 100,000 displaced. In February 1945, additional attacks followed. In total, about 6,000 Nuremberg residents are estimated to have been killed in air raids.
Despite this intense degree of destruction, the city was rebuilt after the war and was to some extent, restored to its pre-war appearance including the reconstruction of some of its medieval buildings.[12] However, over half of the historic look of the center, and especially the northeastern half of the old Imperial Free City was lost forever. - in: wikipedia

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The Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady") stands on the eastern side of the main market. An example of brick Gothic architecture, it was built on the initiative of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor between 1352 and 1362. The church contains many sculptures, some of them heavily restored. Numerous works of art from the Middle Ages are kept in the church. - in: wikipedia

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