Women form a human chain to carry bricks used in the reconstruction of Dresden, March 1946, after allied bombing had destroyed the city in February 1945. The steeple of the wrecked Roman Catholic cathedral can be seen in the background. Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Dead bodies are burned at the Altmarkt near the Victory Monument (Germaniadenkmal). 25th February 1945.In four raids between February 13th and 15th bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Army Air Forces dropped more than 3,900 tons of high - explosive bombs and incendiary devices. At least 22,000 people were killed in the resulting firestorm. Dresden, Germany. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)
Civilians beginning the long task of clearing the ruins of Dresden Frausenkirche in 1952. One of the most important Lutheran churches in Dresden, it was completely destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in February 1945. Its rebuilding was finished in 2004; the interior in 2005 and was reconsecrated in October the same year.