Zweiter Weltkrieg

Bomben auf Essen - die Nacht, in der Feuer vom Himmel fiel

Die Essener Innenstadt mit Rathausturm glich war 1943 ein Schlachtfeld.

Die Essener Innenstadt mit Rathausturm glich war 1943 ein Schlachtfeld.

Foto: WAZ

Essen.  In der Nacht vom 5. auf den 6. März 1943 bricht das Bomben-Inferno über Essen herein. Die Allierten werfen alleine 122.000 Stabbrandbomben ab. Paul Werner ist damals 17 Jahre alt. Die Nacht, in der seine Heimatstadt unterging, hat er nie vergessen. Für die Serie „Bombennächte“ suchen wir Zeitzeugen.

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Über dem Essener Stadtkern bricht das Inferno herein

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Wer nach dem Bomben-Regen im Keller bleibt, der erstickt, verglüht, verbrennt 

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Essen erlebt in dieser Nacht den berüchtigten Feuersturm

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Die Nacht, in der seine Heimatstadt unterging, hat er nie vergessen 

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Ab 1943 folgte ein Angriff auf den nächsten

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