How Slaughterhouse-Five Made Us See the Dresden Bombing Differently | Peter Feuerherd

The bombing of Dresden, Germany, which began February 13, 1945, was once viewed as a historical footnote. Until Slaughterhouse-Five was published.

The American and British bombing of Dresden, Germany, which began February 13, 1945, was once viewed as an historical footnote to a much-wider story. After all, it took place near the end of World War II, a war characterized by atrocities too numerous to count.

Then came the 1969 publication of a science fiction novel called Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He had witnessed the bombing as an American POW, and survived by taking shelter in a meat locker in the historic German city. The novel tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, also an American POW in Dresden, who time travels through space and comments on barbarity with the understated mantra of “So It Goes.”

An illustration from Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five"
An illustration by Vonnegut from Slaughterhouse-Five        (via Flickr user Mike Schroeder)

The novel became Vonnegut’s iconic work, selling more than 800,000 copies in the U.S. It was widely translated. Slaughterhouse-Five was read widely as a graphic statement on the futility of war, capturing the zeitgeist of the time, when anti-Vietnam War protests were at their zenith.

“All this happened, more or less,” is how Vonnegut introduces the novel.

Vonnegut’s novel re-opened an old wound: Was the Dresden bombing morally justified? Was it simply an act of vengeance for Nazi crimes, inflicted upon innocent civilians? Or was it necessary to bring the war in Europe to a close?

In the novel, Vonnegut describes Billy Pilgrim as witnessing the worst act of mass violence in European history, comparable to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Citing a widely-published history of the time, he put the Dresden fatalities at 125,000.



the rest of the article by Peter Feuerherd is here

more about Kurt Vonnegut is

War is a Racket | Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler

Many people are not aware of these events in these United States’ history.

As we can observe, things haven’t changed much BUT once in a great while, someone in government or the military tells the truth.;-)

Good job General Butler!

War Is a Racket

Smedley Butler (1881 – 1940)

Army Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler’s expose of American Corporate Imperialism. Butler said, “I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am sure of it.” – Summary by John Greenman and

Here’s the audiobook

Here’s the PDF of the book.
War is a Racket PDF

Geronimo’s Story of His Life | Author: Geronimo (Goyaałé) |

Hi All

I hope you’re all well.

The  American West was a brutal period in US history, for all peoples involved. Propaganda abounds on all sides.
As with any his-story, it’s best to find “primary sources” when trying to research what may have occurred.

Geronimo’s autobiography is “one” of those sources. It’s a honest, eye-opening, look at the period.

And Librivox is one of the few remaining resources, on the Net, to find a bit of reality.

Good hunting ! ;-) lb


Geronimo “one who yawns”; June 16, 1829 — February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. “Geronimo” was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. His Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.

Full free Librivox recording and text available here –  Geronimo’s Story of His Life

Read by Sue Anderson

Below is a couple of sample chapters.

Geronimo’s Autobiography

Dedicatory, Preface, Introductory

Chapter 1 The Apaches Part 1 

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Geronimo, Chiricahua Apache leader. Photograph by Frank A. Rinehart, 1898.

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