Resisting the blows of history

..."And Billy had seen the greatest massacre in European history, which was the fire-bombing of Dresden".
-Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse five"
 
 
There are some countries and cities which are incredibly touristic. For example Italy is such a country. Millions of people crowd there in order to take photos of the Colosseum or the Spanish Steps in Rome. They never fail to drop a coin in the Fontana di Trevi, too. In Venice the Piazza San Marco is literally sinking under the weight of so many one day visitors whereas in Florence everyone will admire the works of art at the Galleria Uffizi.
Same in Paris, London, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, as well as in Barcelona, Santorini, New York and elsewhere.
There are places which are in fashion for a short time and others which are eternally “in” .
Some countries are so dangerous that nobody ever goes there. Such is the fate of Mauritania; it seems to me I’ve never heard of anyone visiting it.
Recently I went to Dresden, a city destroyed completely after the end of WWII. The unlucky inhabitants who survived the merciless bombings, had then to face the equally merciless stalinist regime that considered its duty to raise around the ruins of the historic centre a series of ugly buildings. These things were characteristic of the communist lack of inspiration. However, some of the people in Dresden, who loved and respected the long history of their city, resisted and managed to at least conserve the pile of ruins where they were. Their secret hope was that someday they or their children would rebuild the most important monuments.
Their dream came true after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The city’s trademark is the baroque church Frauenkirche. But there are more things to see in Dresden. And those who kept their dream alive, are trying to restore today more buildings. You see, out of some whim of fate, the architectural plans were miraculously found.
That’s why tourists from all over the world are coming massively to admire this city on the river Elbe whose inhabitants resisted in any way they could  the blows of history. 
P.S.When I brought the example of Mauritania, I wasn't aware that in this country there is still slavery. Among the 500 thousand slaves, 90 per cent are women and children, belonging to the Haratin population. Their "owners" are Arabs and Berbers.
 
 

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