In 2005, for the sixtieth anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden, the BBC interviewed author Kurt Vonnegut about his experience as a P.O.W. and Dresden survivor.
As you may know, Vonnegut would use the bombing as a setting for his 1969 unstuck-from-time classic Slaughterhouse-Five, which had a hell of a time getting off the ground. Here's Vonnegut's remembrance of the wreckage in May 1945, three months after the bombing:
On about February 14th the Americans came over, followed by the R.A.F. their combined labors killed 250,000 people in twenty-four hours and destroyed all of Dresden — possibly the world's most beautiful city. But not me.
After that we were put to work carrying corpses from Air-Raid shelters; women, children, old men; dead from concussion, fire or suffocation. Civilians cursed us and threw rocks as we carried bodies to huge funeral pyres in the city.