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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.



New Blog by Angela Findlay

TRUSTEE ANGELA FINDLAY RELEASES NEW BLOG Trustee, author and speaker Angela Findlay released a new blog to coincide with the 78th anniversary of Dresden’s bombing in Feburary 2023.¬† You can…

Dresden and the Landscape of Remembrance With Sinclair McKay, Tue, 18 October 2022, 18:30 ‚Äď 19:30 BST

Hosted by Queen Mary ,University of London. On the night of Feb 13th 1945, in the final weeks of WW2, the baroque city of Dresden was destroyed. Incendiary explosives dropped…

Queen Elizabeth II – a message from The Dresden Trust

The Trustees of The Dresden Trust are deeply saddened at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who contributed significantly to postwar reconciliation and friendship between Britain and Dresden.…

‚ÄúIN MY GRANDFATHER‚ÄôS SHADOW‚ÄĚ by ANGELA FINDLAY Published by Penguin Transworld and Bantam Press, July 2022

REVIEW by Marcus Ferrar, author of ‚ÄúA Foot in Both Camps: a German Past for Better and for Worse‚ÄĚ and Chair of the¬†Dresden Trust.

Daniel Schieferdecker of the Dresden Trust speaking on the 13th February in Dresden

Dresden Trust Trustee Daniel Schieferdecker speaking in front of the Frauenkirche Dresden on the 13th February, at the commemoration of the bombing of the city in 1945 by Allied forces.

Research Bursary

The Dresden Trust is proud to advertise a Research Travel Bursary for Postgraduate Students in the UK working on any aspect of a Dresden-related subject in Cultural Studies (literature, music,…

Donation to Dresden Trust Scholarship Scheme

The Dresden Trust has received a four-figure donation in recognition of its sponsorship of a British schoolboy to spend three weeks in Dresden last autumn attending a school and staying…

Remembering Dresden; Forgetting Hamburg:Professor William Donahue 15th February 2022

Remembering Dresden; Forgetting Hamburg The assertion of radically different numbers of victims of the horrific bombing of Dresden in February of 1945 prompted the founding of a special historical commission…

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‚Äôs own Peace Poet, Antony Owen, born and raised in the city,…

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


Anl√§sslich der Gedenkfeier am 13. und 14. Februar 2022 sendet die Dresden Trust herzliche Gr√ľ√üe an die Dresdnerinnen und Dresdner.

Trotz der Pandemie-Einschr√§nkungen der vergangenen zwei Jahre f√∂rdern wir weiterhin Sch√ľleraustausche zwischen Dresden und Gro√übritannien.¬†Diejenige, die Dresden besuchen, sprechen begeistert von lebensver√§ndernden Erfahrungen.

Wir danken den Dresdner Familien und dem St. Benno-Gymnaisum herzlich, dass sie dies erm√∂glicht haben.¬†Wir setzen uns weiterhin daf√ľr ein, aus Vers√∂hnung dauerhafte Freundschaft zu machen, und hoffen, in naher Zukunft wieder mehr pers√∂nliche Kontakte zu kn√ľpfen.

Anniversary Events 2023

It's been a busy time for our Trustees this February! All of our team have been attending commemorative and friendship events in both Dresden and London. Read more here

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