This photo was taken in the ' martyred village ' of Oradour-sur Glane in the Haut Vienne region of France. It was here on the 10th June 1944 that
a division of two hundred SS, retreating south, stopped and committed an act of terror. They plundered, set fire to the village and massacred
642 persons including 193 children. Only a few villagers escaped to tell the story.
General Charles de Gaulle decreed that the ruins of Oradour be preserved in order ' to bear witness for the rest of mankind of the
consequences of the barbarity of war '
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