Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death
Originally Posted by VCURamFan
Man, what an icredible story. Stuff like this can't be written. I'm shocked that there hasn't been a major motion picture written about this. I'd pay good money to go see it.
by Kurt Vonnegut, one of Americas most prolific authors of the 20th century and I feel will be known as the greatest writer to exist in our lifetime.
They made a movie about it, and it stays pretty true to the book, but he does throw in some sci-fi stuff.
As a private with the 106th Infantry Division, Vonnegut was cut off from his battalion along with five other battalion scouts who wandered behind enemy lines for several days until captured by Wehrmacht troops on December 14, 1944. Imprisoned in Dresden, Vonnegut witnessed the fire bombing of Dresden.
Vonnegut was one of a group of American prisoners of war to survive the attack in an underground slaughterhouse meatlocker used by the Germans as an ad hoc detention facility. The Germans called the building Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five), which the Allied POWs adopted as the name for their prison. Vonnegut said the aftermath of the attack was "utter destruction", "carnage unfathomable;" In Slaughterhouse Five, he recalls that the remains of the city resembled the surface of the moon. The Germans put him to work breaking into basements and bomb shelters to gather bodies for mass burial. "But there were too many corpses to bury. So instead the Germans sent in troops with flamethrowers. All these civilians' remains were burned to ashes."
...and I'm pretty sure The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe took place during the bombings of London (thats why they went to [their grandfather, older uncle, distant relative, family friend, wise professor, who ever he was]'s house and were bored and played hide and go seek and found the wardrobe and found Narnia and then Jesus came back as a lion) does that count?