2014 European Roaming in a Rimor travel blog

Street scene in Oradour-Sur-Glane


Remains of baby buggy in burnt out church

Oradour-Sur-Glane is the site of a very moving and powerful WWII memorial. On June 10, 1944, four days after the Allies landed on the Normandy beaches, Nazi soldiers stormed the small village of Oradour-Sur-Glane in the Dordogne region of France. The women and children were put into the church and the men were rounded up in groups. The Nazis threw hand grenades into the groups and machined gunned everyone down. A total of 642 people were killed including 200 children. They then burned down the entire village. Five townspeople managed to escape. Rather than rebuild the village where it once stood, the French government decided to leave the village exactly as it was and turn it into a memorial site. When you enter the site there is just one sign that says “Remember” in both French and English. As the homes and businesses of the village were built of stone, the structures still partially stand. Everything that did not burn is still left in the ruins. You see rusted cars, bicycles, sewing machines, pots, children’s toys, and metal furniture frames. Visiting this site was very emotional.

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