Summer holiday 2002
Charente, France






Wednesday, 22th August
Day 13


Lots of sun and here and there a cloud, it is nice and warm this morning. Vacations are usually spent relaxing and enjoying one self. However, sometimes you come across something that is worth the while and is quite educational as well. Today we will take a trip back in time.

Today we will pay a visit to the remains of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. This is an impressive open-air monument that commemorates the victims of the Nazi terror during the last days of the Second World War. It all happened on June 10th, 1944. An SS division drove into what was a peaceful rural village and rounded up all inhabitants. They were held responsible for attacks done by the resistance forces on Nazi military units.

As a result of this the Nazis rounded up all inhabitants and brutally assassinated them. Man, women and children were either shot or burned to death. They were locked in the town church which was set ablaze. At the end the entire village was burned to the ground. In just a couple of hours time 642 civilians fell victim to the perverted Nazi cruelty. Only just a handful of people managed to escape the massacre.





The remains of this village are now open to the public and are officially maintained as an open-air museum. When walking though the streets of this ghost town, it feels like stepping back in time. You can almost here the village sounds and see its former inhabitants going on about their business. The impression one gets while walking through the streets that are flanked by the skeletons of houses is that this town is not that much different from any other small village I drove through this morning whiles getting here.

The mausoleum that has been erected to commemorate these victims houses al sorts of artefacts that used to belong to the former inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane. These are every day things that have been used either professionally or in the household. Equipment of the town´s tailor, a glass oil lamp that has been melted in the heat of the fire, pocket watches and knives, spectacles and some children´s toys.

The most impressive remains present are the personal photographs of these people. These give the victims faces. People that stand proudly in front of their shops, grandmothers with their grandchildren, a class of children grouping in front of the school with their teachers and many more every day photographs. It all ended in a couple of hours.












and welcome!




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Oradour sur Glane - Memorial.

Oradour sur Glane
Memorial.



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Oradour sur Glane - Murdered children.

Oradour sur Glane
Murdered children.



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Oradour sur Glane.

Oradour sur Glane.



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Oradour sur Glane.

Oradour sur Glane.