Indy Residents will continue to honor the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut by hosting the first ever Slaughterhouse-Five Day on Friday, February 13 at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, 6185 Guilford Avenue. It is free and open to the public. This date is the 70th Anniversary of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany, the impetus for Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
Vonnegut, The beloved Indianapolis author was a prisoner of war in Dresden during the bombing after having been captured by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge the previous fall. The American POWs were able to survive the bombing (130,000 people were killed) as they had been detained in an underground meat locker that The German guards called Schlachthof Fünf (“Slaughterhouse Five”).
Reflecting on the meaning of the bombing, Vonnegut later wrote, “The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it. I am that person. I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is. One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I’m in.”
Slaughter-House 5 Day is sponsored by Evoke Arts and Media and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. There will be artists and live painting, speakers, and the Vonnegut-inspired band Kilgore Trout will perform.
CREATING LIVE ART-
Alex Van Osdol