"THE DESTROYED VILLAGE" Oradour-sur-Glane Things to Do Tip by balhannah

Oradour-sur-Glane Things to Do: 8 reviews and 31 photos

  Village Martyr
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  • Village Martyr - Oradour-sur-Glane
      Village Martyr
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  • Village Martyr - Oradour-sur-Glane
      Village Martyr
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  • Village Martyr - Oradour-sur-Glane
      Village Martyr
    by balhannah
  • Village Martyr - Oradour-sur-Glane
      Village Martyr
    by balhannah
  • Village Martyr - Oradour-sur-Glane
      Village Martyr
    by balhannah
 

The original village of Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed on 10th June 1944. The German Waffen-SS company entered the village and massacred 642 of the villagers, including women and children. Only 6 men survived, and one of them was shot as he walked to the cemetery.

After the war, General Charles de Gaulle decided that the village would never be rebuilt, but would remain a memorial to the cruelty of the Nazi occupation.

In 1999, French President Jacques Chirac dedicated a memorial museum, the Centre de la memoire d'Oradour, near the entrance to the Village Martyr. This is where we walked in and entered the village, entry was FREE.

We walked slowly around the village as most other people were doing. We looked at the buildings and what little was left. We saw the names of Business's like the Dentist, and I couldn't help but think of what happened in the Dentist surgery on "that' day. The burnt out sewing machines, the cooking pots, cars, and much more, it brought home the horrors of War.

I think it is a good idea to have a village left like this for our younger generation to visit and understand what happened here and else where in the World.

It really made me wish, that all the War's in the World would end, and that all of us could forever live our lives in peace!

There is no charge at all to enter the ruins themselves via the Centre, which is open every day of the week as follows:

ENTRY IS FREE

opening hours of the Centre de la Mémoire ............
1st February to 28 February..........9-5PM
1st March to 14th May..................9-6PM
15th May to 15th September.........9-7PM
16th September to 31 October......9-6PM
1st November to 15th December...9-5PM

Last entrance 1 hour before closure.

An interesting place to visit. We spent quite a bit of time here.

Directions: Located in the new town of Oradour-sur-Glane
Website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/oradour-sur-glane/index.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2011
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