Tuesday, June 29, 2004

LRC pick (one of several excellent ones today)
Frauenkirche restored
Church of Our Lady, destroyed in the 1945 Allied terror-bombing of Dresden
I had a friend, now gone (an ethnic Russian whose Orthodox priest father and mother were 1917-era Russian exiles), a lovely old man who'd been retired a long time and had a lot of opportunity to read the prayers of his tradition and think about what they mean. Like many other Americans of his generation he was in the military in World War II - in the US Army Air Forces as an enlisted man stationed in England. His job was to help load 500- and 1,000-pound bombs onto the big four-engined B-24 Liberator aeroplanes. One of the missions he had to work on was Dresden - he felt remorse about that when I knew him, over 50 years later.

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