This village deserves its own page in my opinion but in the interest of more people seeing it I shall post it here (for now anyway). It was recommended that we visit and we were amazed – in an odd way as being amazed my mans unhumanity to man isn’t pleasant and there’s not a lot of cheer when walking about Oradour other than the fact that you can thank your lucky stars that things have changed a lot since 1944.
In a nutshell – on June 10 1944 just four days after WW2 was declared over German troops rounded up 642 civilians – men, women and children alike – and murdered them. A whole village rounded up and shot and burned alive in some cases. The village stands to remind us how awful that was. Some 354 buildings and homes were destroyed after the slaughter and now the remains sit as they did in 1944 together with a museum with artefacts found at the time – children’s toys, watches, glasses and all manner of items of everyday life. We stood in the church where 448 women and children where left to die in a burning building – if they tried to escape then they were shot/ The eldest in her nineties and the youngest just eight days old.
Here are some of my photos….
I urge you to ‘google’ it and read for yourself the terrible story of this village.