The Dresden Trust: building friendship after war

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The Dresden Trust (DT) was founded in 1993 in response to a ‘Call from Dresden’ to help rebuild the city destroyed by Allied bombing in WW2.

With HRH the Duke of Kent as its Patron, the Trust raised over £1m and created the Golden Orb and Cross, which stand on the cupola of the rebuilt Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) as a symbol of enduring friendship.

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Upcoming Event

The Dresden Philharmonic UK Tour

We're delighted to announce, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra will be touring the UK in April.

The programme for each event includes pieces by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky's 6th, and a Violin Concerto (Shostakovich or Mendelssohn depending on location).

Click the button for more details including dates and venues.

Our Mission

The Dresden Trust builds bridges of friendship and cooperation between the people of Britain and Dresden following the destruction of the historic centre by British bombing in 1945. We create bridges – and walk on them.

With reconciliation largely achieved in the 30 years since its foundation, the Trust today focuses on cooperation with Dresden in friendly interchanges, learning, culture, conferences and enhancement of public spaces. We relate with people of all ages and social classes. 

We share our experience in healing the wounds of war by cooperating with other organisations dedicated to this cause. 

Through fund-raising and events, we aim to mobilise the people of Britain behind our philanthropic goals. 

Overall, we are committed to making a significant contribution to good British-German relations. 

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What we do:

• The Dresden Trust Scholars Scheme sponsors British 6th form students to live with families and attend Dresden schools. It also facilitates German students to study at British schools
• The DT is developing a ‘Learning Path’ with the Frauenkirche, an interactive walking tour of historical sites for German school pupils
• The DT organises visits and cultural projects and talks and offers an Annual Postgraduate Research Bursary to maintain historical awareness and on-going reconciliation
• DT Trustees take part each February 13th in Dresden’s Commemoration of the destruction of the city
• The DT sponsored a new ‘green’ area of trees and seating in the city’s main square
• The Archive of the Dresden Trust has been located to the Dresden City Archive

Other news, events & articles

ARTICLE | Katja Hoyer: Building back better?

Bombed Dresden will never be the same again. Read Zeitgeist article by Katja Hoyer, Historian and Author.

ARTICLE | Rüdiger Görner: War in a city full of European art and Winston Churchill’s aunt

Read the full article as published in The Times Literary Supplement

ANNIVERSARY | Daniel Schieferdecker in Dresden

Daniel Schieferdecker, Trustee of The Dresden Trust, joined Mayor Dirk Hilbert and other Dresden dignitaries on the Memorial Path (Gedenkweg) around the city to commemorate the bombing of Dresden in 1945.

REPORT | Artist and Revolution: Richard Wagner’s experience of the 1849 May Uprising

Having won the first Dresden Trust Research Bursary, Tristan Harkcom has published his research into the influence of revolutionary events in Dresden on Wolfgang Wagner. 

In 1849, Dresden was left in ruins by a week-long uprising. The composer Richard Wagner played an active role in these events, and he was forced to flee, pursued by an arrest warrant. 

See this summary, and complete document
under “Student Research Bursary”. 

EVENT | War and Peace: A Century of British-German Relations

The Dresden Trust in collaboration with the National Army Museum (NAM) to explore Britain’s relationship with Germany.

EVENT | In My Grandfather’s Shadow: How can we deal with a difficult past?

Angela Findlay, professional artist, writer,  lecturer and Trustee of The Dresden Trust, presents her recently published book based on the experiences of her Wehrmacht general grandfather who served on the Eastern Front and her German mother who fled Berlin as a child.

ARTICLE | Dresden's March of the Marionettes

by Sinclair McKay, author, literary critic, journalist and Trustee of The Dresden Trust whose book 'Dresden – The Fire And The Darkness' was published on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the city. 

 

ARTICLE | Unselige Inseln? Mein seltsamer Abschied von Britannien nach mehr als vierzig Jahren

Professor Rüdiger Görner, Emeritus Professor at Queen Mary University of London and Trustee of The Dresden Trust shares his 'farewell to England' article recently published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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Destruction, Renewal and post-war Reconciliation | The Dresden Trust Chairman, Marcus Ferrar, highlights the purpose and importance of the Trust in a talk at Dresden's Frauenkirche. Read more here

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