German tragedy of destiny







The idyllic little town on the Enz in the northern Black Forest with its old houses and narrow streets is the best example of the moral dubiousness of the bombing war. It was destroyed because the closely built city will burn well!


On the city, which has no industry, in February 1945 1,550 tons of bombs were dropped.


Over 300 air mines laid entire neighborhoods to rubble and ashes. The following fire bombs set off a conflagration.


Thousands burned beyond recognition in the huge fire rolls that raced through the streets.


Thousands have been suffocated or poisoned by the fumes.


More than 20,000 people, about 30 percent of the population, died in the inferno. Compared to the number of population Pforzheim was the biggest victim of the bombing war, especially if taken into consideration that the city had no military or industrial significance.


20,200 dead


The degree of destruction and the number of deaths in relation to the size of the city itself far surpassed the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima!

The master bomber who was responsible for the precise execution of the operation the Victoria Cross was awarded posthumously.