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