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

Oradour sur Glane

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Up above, some broken power cables flap in the breeze whilst the forlorn looking buildings get soaked inside and out. There are no buildings with any intact roofs in Oradour, all were burned or have subsequently collapsed.

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In this second picture, a partially collapsed staircase leads to nowhere, the floor to which it led long since gone.

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See the blackened stonework in the building in this second picture, most of the buildings have suffered fire damage and it’s still evident after all these decades.

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When the wind blew through Oradour, it reminded me of some of the military cemeteries I’ve visited. There are no other sounds to be heard, just the breeze rustling through the trees, which gently sway in the otherwise empty town.

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Abandoned and now useless equipment lies where it was left sixty-one years ago.

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Here, a car lies underneath a collapsed wall, probably brought down by the destruction wrought by the SS. In the adjoining building, a bicycle frame jauntily rests against a wall as if waiting for its owner, who will never come.

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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

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