A man kneels next to lit candles placed at a memorial site outside Dresden's Frauenkirche cathedral, February 13, 2015. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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Soviet troops were pressing into Germany from the east and the other Allies from the west, but for 12-year-old schoolboy Eberhard Renner the war seemed far away.Dresden had been spared the destruction suffered by other cities like Berlin and Hamburg, and Renner clung to the hope that the Saxon capital would stay off the target list with the war so clearly near its end.Even as air-raid sirens started screaming 70 years ago Friday, Renner's father dismissed the attack as another reconnaissance mission.Renner remembers the streets still being littered with bodies a week after the attack and coming across the corpse of a woman in a square.Whatever the number, Renner mourns the victims as friends, schoolmates and neighbors. Even if the Allies thought it would shorten the war, he said he thinks the bombing was unjustifiable.
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