Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The Blitz began 70 years ago September 7.
A couple of years ago, I stood on the steps of Saint Paul's in London, and noticed that most of the buildings around the great Baroque cathedral were less than 50 years old. Part of this was the notorious indifference of the financial industry that rules the City to the place's history. But most of it was the work of Adolph Hitler. Saint Paul's survives only because of the heroism of anti-aircraft gunners nearby who kept the German planes at a distance. Looking at the recent construction around the cathedral put September 11th in some perspective for me.
The Germans opened 8 months of nightly bombing on London, and later other British cities, with a massive air raid that lasted 10 hours and killed 436 people. When the Luftwaffe gave up and Hitler redeployed them on the Soviet Union in 1941, 43,000 civilians lay dead and thousands more were wounded. Sporadic air raids, and later rocket attacks, would continue throughout the war.
September 11th was bad enough, but it was a relatively small thing compared to that.
Posted by Counterlight at Wednesday, September 08, 2010