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Oradour, village martyre - 1

By chataignier  
Explanation paraphrased from an article in National Geographic :

Oradour-sur-Glane, near the city of Limoges, was the site of a brutal massacre that killed nearly every man, woman and child in the village. On the afternoon of 10 June 1944, members of the SS Panzer Division entered Oradour-sur-Glane to avenge the kidnapping of a German soldier by the French Resistance. SS troops herded more than 400 women and children into the village church. The soldiers soaked the church in petrol and blocked all the exits before setting everything on fire.

Meanwhile, the men of Oradour-sur-Glane were moved by Nazi forces into the village√‚ís barns, shot so they couldn√‚ít move, doused in petrol and set ablaze. By the time the bloodshed was over, the death toll stood at 642 people including 254 women, 207 children and 181 men.

Oradour-sur-Glane has remained untouched since the massacre, serving as a reminder of the inconceivable evil of the Nazis and a shrine to those who died.





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12 Oct 2019 7:02AM
And yet the killing continues! Well documented article on the horrors of war.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2434 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2019 8:21AM

Quote:On a summer day in 1944 the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, a community that had lived for a thousand years was dead.

Link for the opening sequence of The World at War.
Thanks for this. It has sadness and also respect.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2019 8:48AM
Tragic.

Phil.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.5k 10 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2019 9:26AM
The story emphasises the presence of the two silhouette figures.
A tragic story of how man can commit atrocities against man, movingly caught in b&w.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 409
12 Oct 2019 11:34AM
"Hier stand Kandanos"
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
12 Oct 2019 11:53AM
Great photo!

Arne Smile
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2019 11:56AM
A very poignant image.

Cliff
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
12 Oct 2019 2:08PM
love the low view point ...super mono work

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