Dan Snow and Sinclair McKay, Coventry Cathedral
Historians Dan Snow and Sinclair McKay go head-to-head in a special one-off literary event to discuss the 1945 bombing of Dresden at Coventry Cathedral this February.
Historian Dan Snow will be in conversation with best-selling author, Sinclair McKay, at a special event at Coventry Cathedral marking the 75th anniversary of the Dresden bombing next month.
This one-off event on Tuesday February 4 by the Stratford Literary Festival marks the publication of Dresden: The Fire and The Darkness by Sinclair McKay, literary critic of The Telegraph and The Spectator, and author of the best-selling The Secret Life of Bletchley Park.
In the atmospheric surroundings of the Cathedral, which has a close association with the German City often referred to as The Florence of the Elbe, the two acclaimed historians will be exploring the impact of four devastating raids between February 13 and 15 1945 when the British RAF and Americans obliterated the city.
Explosive bombs weighing over 1000lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated 25,000 people were killed. The pair will be discussing the history of the city and the attack itself and the period of reconstruction that followed, asking ‘was Dresden a legitimate military target’, or ‘was the bombing a last act of atavistic mass murder in a war already won, to wreak revenge on the bombing of Coventry?’, according to the event organisers.
Dan Snow, who’s known as ‘the History Guy’, is a writer, broadcaster and host of the History Hit podcast. He’s also written several books including The World’s Greatest 20th century Battlefields.
“We’re thrilled to be working with two such acclaimed historians, in the beautiful surroundings of Coventry Cathedral,’ says Festival Director Annie Ashworth. “It is such a fitting place for an event of this nature and exciting for us to be working in new spaces, and to be partnering again with Kenilworth Books.”
Coventry Cathedral’s Canon Pastor, Reverend Canon Kathryn Fleming said “We are really delighted to be hosting this event. The bombings in Dresden and Coventry are the origins of our Reconciliation Ministry; the language of reconciliation is one of the huge foundation stones on which this Cathedral is built. What happened in Dresden in 1945 is an important part of our own story too.”
Tickets are £12 for a single ticket and £25 for a single ticket with a discounted book.