The German city of Dresden is currently marking the 72nd anniversary of the allied bombing - which destroyed large parts of it. But this year, the act of remembrance has been beset by a dispute that has polarized the city.
Poland's Law and Justice Party (PiS) is considering whether to seek further reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted during WWII. PiS head Kaczynski described the move as a "historical counteroffensive."
Police presence in the eastern German city has been boosted following Monday's blasts at a mosque and convention center. The attack came less than a week before celebrations take place to mark Germany's reunification.
The Saxon city's mayor has called for awareness of the brutalities of war that continue even in the 21st century. During World War II, Allied forces firebombed the eastern German city, leaving 25,000 people dead.
Dresden police say they are prepared for troublemakers as the city hosts three days of events to remember German reunification in 1990. Veteran civil rights advocates say far-right extremism should not be underestimated.
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