Destruction and Starting Over
The Square’s proximity to the edge of the city,
so near the government buildings, meant that it endured much destruction
during the war.
Feburary 3rd 1945 proved to be its final undoing.
For one and a half hours, one and a half thousand American bombers
dropped bombs and other incendiary devices on the city centre, transforming
the streets and squares to a massive inferno. Even long after its
destruction, the battle on this desert of rubble continued.