Laughterhouse 5- Podcast #2

In the second podcast of the series, the Laughterhouse 5 team discuss the book through the Historicist Lens, making comparisons to World War 2 and the Holocaust. Check it out here:


Noack, Rick. “Photos: 70 Years Ago, Dresden Was Destroyed. Here's What It Looks like Today.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 13 Feb. 2015,

The article talks about the city of Dresden which was bombed during World War 2 and was the cause of 25,000 deaths. The city was almost completely rebuilt since this, mostly financed by American funds, however, the city is still haunted by the event that leveled it almost 74 years ago. The article talks about the Neo-Nazis that march through the city on the day of the bombing every year, proclaiming how proud they are of the event. Recently protestants have formed barriers standing arm in arm in order to stop them from entering the city. Their message through this protest is "Your predecessors caused the destruction of this city and we will protect it against you. Don't dare to abuse this day of commemoration for your racist goals." Our novel largely revolves around this historic event and describes scenes from it multiple times across the book. This article provides a way of viewing the horror the city faced back then, as well as background information about the event that the book doesn't provide. It also gives an example of how this historic event is still affecting the city through the march which is in support of it.


Washington Post. January 1, 2019. February 13, 2015. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 

The article was written to remember the 70th anniversary of the Dresden Firebombing. It talks about how the city was destroyed and how it left many people confused and scared. For years, a lot of the city was left in rubble. Like Frauenkirche church, which was only recently rebuilt. Now, Dresden is a very beautiful city. On February 13th, almost every year people stand together to remember what happened to their city, and they protest neo- Nazi's blaming them for the destruction of their city. We can now, look at this through the lens of the people of Dresden. We have been seeing it through the eyes of the Kurt Vonnegut.


Article about the author Kurt Vonnegut and his life history as well as information about his participation in the war.


This article featured a letter that Kurt wrote back home from the war. it gives a lot of information about his time in the war as well as his beliefs regarding war in general.


Article talking about the city of Dresden which was bombed during World War 2 and is an important location throughout the book.