We're looking in the gate of the freidhof or cemetery of the St. Nikolaus Kirche in Innsbruck. The statue is dedicated "to the bombing victims of 1943 to 1945". Innsbruck's railroad yards are at the departure point for the Brenner Pass and Italy. They made the city a prominent target of the bombing raids by the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. However, the bombs did not all fall on the railroad yards - many went astray and caused civilian casualties across the city. Here, we're far from railroad yards, but clearly the effect of the bombing was felt in this parish.




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