Oradour-sur-Glane Travel Blog

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A well maintained 800 km tollway took me from Barendrecht, Holland  to Limoges in the middle of France. From there it was only 20 km west to Oradour-sur-Glane, where I rented a room at the local Hotel Glane. This was a simple family hotel on the main square with a fine restaurant. The village is constructed after the second world war next to the location of the original village. At this location it all happened on June 10th 1944 in the shadow of D-Day.

A group of German soldiers arrived in Oradour marching north to Brittany. The village was surrounded and all inhabitants were united at the main square. Men and woman were separated; women and children were brought to the church and the men formed small groups and were led to different locations.

The church was closed and a bomb announced the massacre. The church was set into fire, machine guns were heard from all corners of the village. Hundreds of people were slaughtered, only 6 survived. The village was burned down and the Germans marched on.

Nowadays the ruined village makes an impressive sight. Everything was kept the same since the destruction. I was deeply touched while walking through the streets of this memorial site. Plaquettes on the ruins describe the old function of the buildings. A backery, a garage, a school. Only walls, rusty sewing-machines and car wrecks are the silent witness of what happened more than 60 years ago. Places of execution are located and even the tramway is still visible. It made me very silent...

sylviandavid says:
:~( what a sad story.... You did very well retelling it.... Sylvia
Posted on: Mar 20, 2008
BMatital says:
Ziet er indrukwekkend uit! Je wilt niet weten hoe het was toentertijd...
Posted on: Mar 19, 2008
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Entrance memorial site
Entrance memorial site
Oradour mainstreet before the mass…
Oradour mainstreet before the mas…
Oradour before the massacre
Oradour before the massacre
Oradour church short after the mas…
Oradour church short after the ma…
Oradour-sur-Glane Hotels & Accommodations review
A basic, affordable hotel near the memorial site of Orudour-sur-Glane
If you want to visit the impressive memorial site of Oradou-sur-Glane and you wish to stay in a nearby hotel, the actual choice is very small. I made … read entire review
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