Oradour-sur-Glane

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This is some of the remains of the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane in the Haute-Vienne Department of France, on Saturday the 10th of June 1944. The attack was carried out by soldiers of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division Das Reich. On that day they killed a total of 642 men, women and children without giving any reasons for their actions and to this day there is no universally accepted explanation for the massacre.

If you are ever in the region it is a memorial that must be visited, the silence is unbearably sad, not a bird sings and out of season we have been told is cold,unhappy but a huge reminder of what happened to many.
I took this in 2006 and we plan to go back – at the time of going around I just did not feel inclined to take many photos as the horrors sank in. The huge cemetry and a further reminder is an underground museum with a seemingly endless list of all the towns folk and visitors that were in the town at the time.

Allegedly one lady survived cycling home from work she was stopped by the SS who told her to “get on her way” another lady climbed out of the church window where the women and children were put for their safety (the church was then shot upon)
The town was re-built – with an ultra modern church spire and this has been left for visitors as a memorial.

The following images are the only other ones I took that day.


The New Town

Featured in All That’s Archaeology 20th April 2010

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