Soundings

The view from Ulm minster

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1415a (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1415
  1. James Owen Drife

    We had not specially planned to be in Germany on VE day. Nor had we expected to climb Ulm cathedral spire, the tallest in the world. By the time I passed the bells I was sure I was going to die. At the top I peered down through my sweat at the town's reconstructed buildings. Eighty per cent of Ulm's houses had been destroyed by wartime bombing but its minster had been spared. I was surprised that in 1944 it had been possible to incinerate civilians with such finesse.

    Our group of doctors regularly travels abroad but this was the first …

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