Spring 2019 Newsletter



Welcome to our 2019 Spring newsletter. The Dresden Trust was founded 26 years to further reconciliation and friendship between Britain and Dresden. Our website is and our email
Eveline Eaton has retired as Chairman of the Dresden Trust after eight highly successful years. Now appointed as Honorary President, Eveline reinvigorated the Board and its work, overseeing many successful projects and events. Her final task as Chairman was to officially open the ‘Grünes Gewandhaus’ in Dresden (see below) with Oberburgermeister (Mayor) Dirk Hilbert.
On April 12th, Eveline Eaton and Mayor Dirk Hilbert, inaugurated the Grünes Gewandhaus, a space for rest and reflection on Dresden’s Neumarkt, for which The Dresden Trust was the lead sponsor. Facing the Frauenkirche, the area comprises 28 plane trees and a number of benches. Five members of The Dresden Trust attended the ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Kulturpalast Dresden and a ballet performance at the Semper Opera.
New Chairman of the Dresden Trust
The new Chairman of The Dresden Trust is Marcus Ferrar, who has been a Trustee since 2013. A highly experienced journalist, author and traveller, Marcus served as a Reuters Correspondent in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and later in Portugal during the 1970s Revolution. He was the sole Western correspondent in East Berlin, and covered Prague after the Soviet invasion.
In 2005, he and John Corsellis published Slovenia 1945: Memories of Death and Survival after World War II in London, now in its 4th edition. He subsequently published A Foot in Both Camps: a German Past for Better and For Worse (2012) The Budapest House: a Life Re-discovered (2013) and The Fight For Freedom (2016).
Marcus was brought up in Britain as the son of a British father and a German mother.
Dr Alan Russell 1923 – 2019
A large number of family, friends and admirers attended the funeral of Dr Alan Russell, founder and former Chairman of the Dresden Trust, who died on 6th February. Among those attending the funeral on 6th March at Chichester Cathedral were representatives from the Frauenkirche in Dresden and of the household of HRH the Duke of Kent, Royal Patron of The Dresden Trust. Alan’s obituary was published in The Times on 10th April. See also The Dresden Trust’s obituary written by his close friend and former Trustee David Woodhead. Click here
HRH Duke of Kent visits Dresden in February 2019
Dresden Trust Chairman Eveline Eaton shows HRH The Duke of Kent a plaque recording The Dresden Trust’s lead-sponsorship of a new area of trees and benches in central Dresden.
Photo: Oliver Killig
The Duke of Kent, Royal Patron of The Dresden Trust, presented the Dresden Peace Prize to Kim Phuc Phan Thi – “The Napalm Girl” on 11th February 2019.
Photo: Oliver Killig
The Dresden Trust Scholars Scheme: sending British 6th form pupils taking German A Level to St Benno Gymnasium in Dresden.Following the success of the first year of this extended scheme, the Trust has 12 applicants for this year, four of whom will be selected and sponsored by the Trust to spend time at school in Dresden and be hosted by local families. The Dresden Trust contributes towards the costs of the successful pupils.
As part of their commitment to the scheme, scholars will be asked to write about their experience and compose an essay on ‘Reconciliation’. These will be published in future newsletters.
Paul Stocker, the Trustee in charge of the scheme, is interested to hear from schools and individuals who would like to apply for 2020. Email here.

The Dresden Trust would like to hear from you, your views and ideas on our current and future projects and, of course, if you would like to become involved with the work of the Trust. Email us at

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