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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

Coventry Cathedral Events 6th November

Reading: Phoenix (Antony Owen) Coventry Cathedral, Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB Saturday 6 November 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 Coventry’s own Peace Poet, Antony Owen, born and raised in the city,…

Marcus Ferrar Chair of the Dresden Trust on Victor Gregg in the Times

Obituary: Victor Gregg, long term friend and supporter of the Dresden Trust

From the Times 14th October 2021: To say that Victor Gregg was in the wrong place at the wrong time on the night of February 13-14, 1945, would be to…

Bishop Christopher of Coventry honoured by Germany’s Federal President

On 1 October, the German Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Andreas Michaelis, presented the Bishop of Coventry, The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, with the Commander’s Cross of the Order…

Dread versus Hope On Michael Göring’s Dresden. Novel of a Family by Rüdiger Görner

Dread versus Hope On Michael Göring’s Dresden. Novel of a Family   Rifts, divisions, antagonisms are global phenomena, national traumata, and individual burdens – often too difficult to bear. But…

Marcus Ferrar, Chairman of The Dresden Trust, addresses students at his old school, the King’s School Worcester

Marcus Ferrar, Chairman of The Dresden Trust, addresses students at his old school, the King’s School Worcester, on the destruction of Dresden and the path to reconciliatio

Facing the past to liberate the present | Angela Findlay | TEDxStroud

‘FACING THE PAST TO CREATE A FAIRER FUTURE Is the past really over, done, past? Both psychology and science are increasingly revealing mechanisms by which the unresolved issues from one…

Porcelain: Poem on the Downfall of my City by Durs Grünbein a new translation into English

Durs Grünbein, the acclaimed German poet, presents in his volume “Porcelain: Poem on the Downfall of my City” a unique lyrical engagement with the legacy of Dresden’s annihilation on 13th…

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.

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.

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