So now the rebuilt palaces and museums sparkle along the bend of the Elbe. The Frauenkirche has risen from the rubble once more, still overlooked by the glowering visage of Martin Luther. The treasures of Electors and Kings of Saxony are on display to the multitudes who visit the city. From the statuary and fountains of the Zwinger Royal Palace to the treasure troves of the Green Vaults of the Rezidenz Palace all that was lost is now found, and most certainly, the gold glitters.
But nevertheless, a pall of regret and sorrow seems to loom over this recreated city. Kurt Vonnegut said once that he was the only person to benefit from the destruction of Dresden. He survived, told his story and became rich and famous. So it goes.