The anniversay of Oradour-sur-Glane

Thanks to Richard de Brantigny for remembering this somber anniversary.

Shortly after D-Day, the SS Division Das Reich massacred the 700 inhabitants of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. The women and children were rounded up inside the Church, which was then set on fire. This atrocity may have been ordered by the SS hierarchy in retaliation for the nearby killing of a German soldier by Resistance fighters, or it may have been a spontaneous act of barbarity.

The village was never rebuilt. Its name, Oradour, means “place of prayer” in the local Roman language.

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