"everyone went to the shelters, but no one hurried"

Dresden after the Bombing
Public DomainDresden after the Bombing
Dresden was ill-prepared for air raids, and its biggest underground shelter was being used to house 6,000 refugees. There were very few other public bomb shelters, so most people took refuge in their cellars.

The city had taken the precaution to remove the thick walls between cellars and replace them with thin partitions that could be broken down. But this only created networks of cellars that led to a dead-end.  Rescue workers found hundreds of dead bodies piled up in them.