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Posted on Aug 17, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Oradour sur Glane

Armchair General

The Cemetery.

The cemetery sits at one end of the village and contains dozens of tombs where entire families are buried together. It is a crowded place, although well maintained. Some of the tombs have had little greenhouses built atop them and fresh flowers were laid everywhere. Some of the children who died were mere babies.

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It is hard to know what to say when confronted by the list of names of the dead – an entire community wiped out on one single day, in a matter of hours. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


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The main memorial spire sits at the end of the crematorium. Behind it, on either side, black tablets contain the names of all six hundred and forty-two victims.


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1 Comment

  1. I heard a rumour that the real reason for the massacre was that there was a great deal of gold bullion that had to be removed very quickly and the massacre was an excuse or cover up for those wishing to hide the fact that they were there to take the gold, and that a day before a crack team of special forces people arrived to oversee the shipment wondering if you could shed any light on this, it was something i learned at school years ago back in the seventies
    best regards
    Sean Schofield