A sculpture dedicated to civilians killed or injured in aerial bombing during wars past and present. When the sculpture was unveiled by the Bishop of Saxony in 2012 specific reference was made to German civilians killed in the Allied bombings in 1940-1945, particularly in Dresden.
This unveiling was one of the 50th anniversary events which commemorated the work of the Peace and Reconciliation Ministry of Coventry Cathedral. These also looked towards the future as the ruins were rededicated to be a permanent memorial to civilians killed, injured or traumatised by war and violent conflict. Canon Director for Peace and Reconciliation, David Porter, commented: ‘Reconciliation can be said to have truly happened when we are able to memorialise the suffering of our enemies’.
The sculpture is the work of contemporary German artist Helmut Heinze and was donated by the Frauenkirke Foundation of Dresden. It was the first permanent memorial to German civilians within the grounds of Coventry Cathedral.
A PDF of “A Framework for Remembrance” elaborated by citizens of Dresden is available here.