"CHURCH RUINS IN THE VILLAGE" Oradour-sur-Glane Things to Do Tip by balhannah
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The Catholic Church in the martyr village, is the only building that we were allowed to enter, all the other ruins are off limit.
It is a very sad place to visit. The roof and steeple have been destroyed, and inside, there is very little, only what you see in my photo's.
I will fill you in on what happened in that Church on 10th June, 1944.
In the morning, German soldiers circled the village, and then 120 soldiers entered the Village and instructed everyone to assemble in the market place. Men and women in nearby farms were rounded up and brought to the Market place. Mid afternoon, the soldiers seperated the women and children from the men, and took them to the Church and locked the doors.
At 5pm, two German soldiers entered the church and placed a large chest on the altar. They walked out, laying out a long fuse as they went, which they lit before shutting the door. A few seconds later the chest exploded. Some managed to survive the blast but were shot dead by the soldiers as they scrambled out of the bombed building. Only Marguerite Rouffanche managed to get out of the church and escape the bullets being fired by the SS soldiers. Although she was wounded she managed to hide until the Germans left the village. 642 women and children lost their lives in this Church.
After I read the story, this Church became an even sadder place to view, how terrible it must have been for those poor people!
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