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Oradour, the main square

By ladgie  
Picture of the main square in Oradour Sur Glanes.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: geegee, walsh, digitalcaptive and 3 more

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27 Jul 2004 3:37PM
Very atmospheric, looks like a scene from war torn France in the 40s *click*
mcnair 18
27 Jul 2004 4:07PM
i think you'll find thats its a scene from war torn 40's france in the literal sense
novocastria 18 102
27 Jul 2004 4:09PM
Terrific shot Lauren. I thought it was a sepia shot at first. The subtle tones give this a lot of atmosphere.
walsh 18 1 France
27 Jul 2004 4:24PM
Good capture,

I live very close to Oradour Sur Glane and it is worth a visit if you . The French left the town as it was after the war as a reminder of what can happen.

The town was massacred by the Nazi's. They burnt the women and children in the church while they shot the men in the legs and set them alight in barns around the town. 644 people died in one afternoon.

geegee 18 29 England
27 Jul 2004 4:48PM
Super emotional image. "Lest we forget"!
Steve was this the village destoyed by the "Das Reich" Panzer Division on their way north after D-Day?

walsh 18 1 France
27 Jul 2004 5:10PM
Yes, and thee were two stories as to why -
1: they were looking for gold stolen by the maquis and as a punishment killed the lot

2: they got the wrong village, it should have been Oradour Sur Veyres, where the head of the resistance lived, about 20 km south of Oradour Sur Glane

Either way,it was not nice. The worst part of what I saw was the baby's pram which was riddled with bullets

p-g 18 126 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2004 3:49PM
Click. I've put a comment on your next image. Brings back memories.
a11sus 18 568 Northern Ireland
29 Aug 2004 12:11PM

We went here a couple of years ago and it took a looong time to leave my thoughts. Still I think of certain parts of the story like the woman climbing out the church window and being shot on the other side as she tried to escape. I even bought a couple of books about it. My mother in law remembers it actually happening.

While we were visiting an under ground museum there we had a really bizarre incident happen as well.

A very distraught old French woman was walking in front of me in the darkness of the museum and totally misread the flooring. She fell down a small step and literally bounced her face off the floor. I think she may have broken her nose. There was blood everywhere and bruises appreared immediatley.

Normally I would see the funny side of this fairly quickly but it all was over whelming for me and the surrounding people, more so for me as I didn't speak French in any way so couldn't help her.

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