'I played dead as SS beasts wiped out my entire village':...
Now an old man, he remembers the warm, thriving little community that was Oradour-sur-Glane... before the Nazis and their trucks came Now an old man, he remembers the warm, thriving little community that was Oradour-sur-Glane... before the Nazis and their trucks came.
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#1 Feb 4, 2013
I visited Oradour twice. Once maybe 40 years ago, and last time in 2009. Very spooky ...
I was astonished to see German registration plates on some vehicles in the car park. People coming back to revisit a crime scene? I wonder...
#2 Feb 4, 2013
I have read a book about this terrible incident,sad thing it was one of many,i believe a company of the Das Reich div were responsible but not all were even Germans some were from the Alsace region,there are all sorts of wild tales about the SS looking for gold,but i think it was just a terrible reprisal for the French resistance and the SOE ambushing the Das Reich as they were moving North to engage Allied forces who had landed in Normandy, i have never made a visit to the place but will one day,a few years ago i had driven to Spain working and on the return trip i passed a few miles east of Oradour and wish i had made the time to visit
#3 Feb 4, 2013
The irony is that some German soldiers had been killed by partisans at Oradour-sur-Vayres, and this was the vilage targeted for reprisals.
Instead the German column made its way to Oradour-sur-Glane (was is a mistake) and started to slaughter the polulation.
Both villages are in the same region, a hotbed of French resistance.
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