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On February 13, 1945, Dresden became the target of Allied forces . In the hours and days that followed, the Allies engaged in a fierce firebombing of the city .  The offensive subsided on February 15, with around 25,000 civilians killed in the bombing. Vonnegut marveled at the level of both the destruction in Dresden and the secrecy that attended it. He had survived by taking refuge in a meat locker three stories underground.  "It was cool there, with cadavers hanging all around", Vonnegut said. "When we came up the city was gone ... They burnt the whole damn town down."  Vonnegut and other American prisoners were put to work immediately after the bombing, excavating bodies from the rubble.  He described the activity as a "terribly elaborate Easter-egg hunt".