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The Dresden Trust is a British charity dedicated to healing the wounds of war and furthering harmonious relations between the people of Britain and the German city of Dresden in Saxony, one of the greatest centres of European culture.

Founded in 1993 by Dr Alan Russell, it was a response to the 'Call from Dresden' to help rebuild the city, in particular the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) which was destroyed by the British and American bombing in February 1945.

With HRH The Duke of Kent as its Royal Patron and a high visibility campaign, the Trust raised over £1 million. It commissioned a Golden Orb and Cross by goldsmith Alan Smith at Grant Macdonald in the UK. His father Frank was one of the pilots who bombed Dresden in 1945. The Orb and Cross now stand atop the cupola of the Frauenkirche as a symbol of enduring friendship.

The Dresden Trust also fulfils its mission of furthering reconciliation through educational and cultural initiatives, memorials and visits.

The Dresden Trust as a vibrant organisation with a forward-looking Board of Trustees and distinguished Patrons is open to new ideas and projects to further its aims.

News

Charitable Bequest

Ex-RAF Clergyman Bequeaths £10,000 to Dresden Trust In November 2020, a letter reached The Dresden Trust advising that a late Reverend A.W.S. Brown had bequeathed it £10,000. Wondering who he…

2021 – The Dresden Trust remembers

Personal messages from the Trustees. On 13th/14th February 1945, the historical centre of Dresden was destroyed by British and American bombing.

27 January 2021: Remembering Jewish victims in Dresden

27 January 2021: Remembering Jewish victims in Dresden: Interview with Dr Herbert Lappe of the Jewish community in Dresden. Liebe Mitstreiter und an der Geschichte der Juden Interessierte Anlässlich des Gedenktages…

DT Trustee Ruediger Goerner in the Frankfurter Rundschau on 28th December

Görner, Schwellenworte

Kokoschka – by Rüdiger Görner of the Dresden Trust

A new book on the painter Oskar Kokoschka, hailed as “a revelatory new biography” has just appeared in English translation. It is written by Professor Rüdiger Görner, Professor of German…

Prince Charles attends Germany’s National day of Mourning

Britain’s Prince Charles for the first time took part in Germany’s National Day of Mourning for victims of war on 15th November 2020. Two years earlier, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier…

85th Birthday wishes to HRH the Duke of Kent Royal, patron of the Dresden Trust

The Dresden Trust congratulated HRH The Duke of Kent, the Trust’s Royal Patron, on his 85th birthday on 6th October 2020. In a letter, Chairman Marcus Ferrar wrote: “For many…

German Ambassador becomes patron of the Dresden Trust

The new German Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Andreas Michaelis, has agreed to become a Patron of The Dresden Trust. In a letter to Chairman Marcus Ferrar, he wrote:…

Dresden Trust commemorates 75th anniversary of bombing

HRH The Duke of Kent, Royal Patron of The Dresden Trust, took part in 75th anniversary commemorations of the bombing of Dresden. Accompanying him in Dresden on 13th February 2020…

Dresden in Contemporary Literature

Kurt Drawert, Dresden. Die zweite Zeit. Roman C.H. Beck:  München 2020, 289 pp. After long years of absence, a writer returns to his place of adolescence, Dresden in the time…

Remembering

Personal messages from the Trustees remembering the 13th & 14th February 1945 when the historical centre of Dresden was destroyed by British and American bombing.

Time in Dresden

Anna’s time in Dresden

Anna’s time in Dresden Flying out to Dresden together, Amelie and I discussed our expectations for the trip with both excitement and apprehension. Having had several FaceTimes with my host…

Amelie’s time in Dresden

Amelie’s time in Dresden My trip to Dresden was the most rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable trip I have ever been on. From my first day in the amazing city I…

Immy’s time in Dresden

Immy’s time in Dresden My time is Dresden was undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Despite initial fears, I made two firm promises to myself upon…