On the Natural History of Destruction – W.G SEBALD

pg 3 – 600,000 German civilians fell victim to the air raids

pg 7 – From the outset, the now legendary and in some respects genuinely admirable reconstruction of the country after the devastation wrought by Germany’s wartime enemies, a reconstruction tantamount to a second liquidation in successive phase of the nations own past history, prohibited any look backward.

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