The Dresden Trust: building friendship after war
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.
From The Dresden Trust:
To all our friends, in the UK and in Germany
Thank you all for joining us in remembering the 79th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden, on 13th/14th February 2024.
Our Trustee Daniel Schieferdecker took part in the city’s commemoration in Dresden.
Other Trustees were there in spirit, not only remembering the horrors of war but renewing our commitment to friendship and cooperation with the people of Dresden.
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.
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
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 | 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 | 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.