The Story of the Dresden Trust
The fire-storming of the Dresden was one of the Second World War’s great tragedies. Those who were then lost in the flames cannot be brought back to life, but much of the city could be – and has been – wonderfully well rebuilt. When the Wall came down in 1989/1990, the Dresdeners appealed for help and in the pan-German and international response , Britain’s Dresden Trust, of which HRH The Duke of Kent is Royal Patron, sought to play a full part.
The book A Trust for Our Times: The Story of the Dresden Trust by the Trust’s founder Dr Alan Russell (with David Woodhead & Peter Nardini) sets out, in considerable detail, the concerns which motivated the Trust’s 2-3000 donors and the steps which the Trust took to establish its profile to raise funds and to publicise its very worthy record of achievements in Dresden and elsewhere. With eighteen short chapters, interspersed with the individual comments by German as well as British participants, it tells the story of a collaborative effort to create lasting reconciliation after conflict. The Frauenkirche, now rebuilt in the very centre of Dresden, stands as a moving monument.
All of those who have worked for this achievement hope – and believe – that the story of the Trust will inspire generations to come to follow the example of working together with one-time enemies in promoting understanding between two of Europe’s most important lands.