Seventy years after the Allies firebombed the east German city of Dresden, Germany remembered the tens of thousands who were burned alive with a somber church service and a silent human chain to symbolize peace and opposition to racism.
At the Baroque domed Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), bells rang out as a service started with delegates from other cities that suffered massive air attacks - Coventry, Breslau, Ostrava and St. Petersburg - lighting candles for peace. Some survivors of the bombing attended.
Around 10,000 people joined hands along the Elbe river and across bridges. While Dresden has been the scene of some of Europe's biggest neo-Nazi marches on Feb. 13 in recent years, right-wing activists were noticeably absent on Friday.
Antifascists gathered on the square outside the church carrying a green banner urging people to "Fight for a humane society. Take action against the Nazis."