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Some cars from a WWII bombing in a french memorial village Oradour-sur-Glane
I always think back to the opening sequence of The World at War in the 1970s, still the most comprehensive visual account of WW2.
Quote: Down this road, on a summer day in 1944 the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community which had lived for a thousand years was dead.
This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the people were gathered together. The men were taken to garages and barns, the women and children were led down this road and they were driven into this church. Here, they heard the firing as their men were shot. Then they were killed too. A few weeks later, many of those who had done the killing were themselves dead, in battle.
I'd never heard of this place. I now want to visit
I've never been here either, it's in the bit of France that I've never visited. I know that the entire village has been left as it was in 1944, to remind future generations. Its story of total, devastating, mindless destruction can stand as symbol for so much of the 20th Century.
I should have said yesterday - I like the way you have kept this sober, factual, detached.
When I visited this place for the the 1st time the other day, it was cold, misty and nobody was around (no tourists). Quite a strange feeling and atmosphere with the desolation around me.
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