Operation Gomorrah
A Housewife’s Account of Gomorrah

On July 25, 1943, British and U.S. air forces bombed the city of Hamburg, Germany, killing 42,600 civilians–named Operation Gomorrah during World War II. In this video, footage of that chaotic and tragic night is shown. The memoirs of a housewife named Matilda are read over the visions of the city in flames. Matilda recalls what it was like on the night that the firestorms occurred, describing people walking around as “living, walking torches” as their bodies were engulfed by flames. She also comments on the massive black clouds that filled the city the next morning, stating that the day looked like night because of all the smoke.

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Submitted by: Sarah Dejak
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