My mother came into Dresden only a day after the bombing. She was carrying me and my three year old sister fleeing the advancing Russians.
I did hear many horror stories from her about the dead lying everywhere. I've been in Dresden many times in the last few years. It's truly amazing how the city was rebuild after it was completely leveled. I can't help but thing about Dresden and places like the death camps and the Holocaust.
What is really the difference between the two? In both cases, it involved criminals for political gain. In Dresden, the killings were played down from 250,000 to 22,000 and in the other Holocaust from 6 million to much less then that number, by many sources. Stepping on an ant or killing 6 million or 50 million people is taking a life; only the perspective is different.