I just listened to Mark Vonnegut's son on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC. He was talking about a new book of his father's writings. In the course of his interview he said the Dresden death toll was 140,000.
Distortion strikes again. According to the Nazi era Dresden police and to subsequent studies it probably was somewhere in the vicinity of 30-40,000. This is a terrible toll. But it's not 140,000.
Remember, of course, that Vonnegut relied on David Irving for his historical information in Slaughterhouse Five.
Deniers such as David Irving are intent on aggrandizing the death toll because then they can point to Allied "atrocities."
For background on this see Richard Evan's expert report for my trial or my own History on Trial