German tragedy of destiny

Frankfurt am Main

 

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Being an important trade and industrial center as well as a densely populated metropolis, Frankfurt has been early included in the target plans of the Allied bombers.

 

The following large-scale attacks were flown:

 

30 August 1941,

11 April 1941,

13 September 1943,

4 October 1943,

21 December 1943,

29 January 1944,

19 March 1944,

22 March 1944,

13 September 1944,

15 September 1944,

25 September 1944,

11 December 1944

 

Especially hard was the attack on 22 March 1944 in which more than 800 machines dropped over 3,000 tons of bombs.

 

Particularly tragic was the air strike on 4 October 1943 when the children's hospital in the Gagernstraße got a direct hit, destroying the air raid shelter. 90 children, 14 nurses, one doctor and 414 other civilians were killed.

 

The inner city was totally leveled, together with the Römer-House, the Goethe-House, the Cathedral, the Paul Church. Overall, until the end of the war, over 80,000 homes were destroyed; more than 1,000 monuments were no longer there.

 

The bombing of the Goethe-city, between 4 June 1940 and 24 March 1945, robbed the life of 5,559 people.

 

Frankfurt in ruins

 

 


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