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German far-right reopens trauma of Dresden bombing

AFP, FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany

Founded just seven years ago, the anti-Islam, anti-immigrant AfD has risen to become the largest opposition party in the German Bundestag.

It is most popular in the country’s former communist east. In Dresden’s Saxony state, the AfD came second in regional polls last year.

Dresden bombing survivor Ursula Elsner, who was 14 when her mother dragged her to safety past burning buildings, told Der Spiegel that she was tired of the anniversary being misused for political gain.

The 89-year-old wants the occasion to serve as a warning against war.

“This day belongs to us,” Elsner said.

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