For more than three hours in the afternoon of June 10, 1944, a unit of German Waffen SS soldiers rounded up groups of men, women and children in Oradour sur Glane and summarily shot them, in some cases right where they were found, and set fire to the village.
At the end of the war the French government decreed that the village would remain untouched as a stone testimonial to the banality of war.
There is a museum, as well as a bookstore below the large entryway sculpture on the other side of the village itself. The village cemetery located next to the destroyed village is also worth a visit since it lists many of the victims who were subsequently interred there in the family plots. The memorial in the cemetery, surrounded by photos of many of the victims is moving and touching in the extreme.
Strolling about should take you about an hour. For more information and details, including an excellent timeline, visit www.oradour.info.
|entry to the memorial village|
|individual tales of a person's final moments are found everywhere|
|weddings, funerals, how many lives that began and ended in this space?|
|the doctor's car|
|memorial to the dead in village cemetery|