[Bell Historians] Dresden

jimhedgcock jameshedgcock at h...
Wed May 7 21:16:57 BST 2003

Price's book Bells and Man has an interesting photo on page 233.
A view of about five thousand bells at the Holzlager, one of four 
depositories in the harbour of Hamburg, where during 1941 - 1944 over 
100,000 bells were received from various parts of Europe in order to 
separate their metals for war purposes.

- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "David Cawley" <dave at d...> wrote:
> The largest bell from Dresden was received (?with the others) at 
Hamburg (there were four depositories for confiscated bells there). 
After WW2 Percival Price on behalf of the United States Army Special 
Services produced a 160-page report on confiscated bells entitled 
CAMPANOLOGY EUROPE 1945-47, which was subsequently published by 
Michigan University Press. At the Hamburg refinery he found 12,000 
bells awaiting their fate, one of which was the GROSSE from Dresden, 
cast 1872, no founder given, 259cm (102") diameter c15000 kg (14.3/4-
tons) (these are the quoted measurements). The principal partials 
were H78; F158; T292; Q278; N:323 = E-0.36. 24 other partials were 
measured along a segment of the bell - they should have had Bill H 
with them! As the bell was in Hamburg in January 1946, it clearly 
survived the War. One assumes it was the largest bell at the 
Frauenkirche as only "Dresden" is given rather than a specific 
building. The policy of the Allies following WWII was to return 
surviving non-German bells to their rightful owners, wherever 
possible and with considerable success. To Germany, however, the 
Office of Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives of the British Military 
Zone sent a chilling letter with such phrases as "To ask for the 
return of your bells, freely given, while so many stolen bells remain 
yet to be restored, is an act of effrontery". A large number of 
confiscated German bells of no historic interest were broken up, and 
recast into replacement bells for those churches in countries which 
had been invaded where the original bells had been seized and smelted 
up. There is no other reference to Dresden.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Mike Chester 
> To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
> Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 12:28 PM
> Subject: [Bell Historians] Dresden
> I see that bells have been put back into the Frauenkirche, tenor 
> tonnes, the founder being Bachert.
> See 
> http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/ap05-04-194825.asp?reg=EUROPE
> They make them very shiny in Germany! It says that the bells are 
> lighter than the ones lost in WWII. What was their weight?
> Mike
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