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The Garage

By SandraKay
The once beautiful village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in Haute-Vienne, France was destroyed on 10th June 1944 when over 600 of its inhabitants were massacred by the SS. It has remained virtually untouched since then and our visit there last month was an eye-opener.
This area was once the garage.

It's been a while since I uploaded a photo but may thanks to all who commented or clicked on 'Anyone Home' and also a big 'thank you' to Spkr51 and RFL for their much appreciated UAs.
Sandra

Tags: Photo journalism Wrecks Vintage cars Landscape and travel Oradour sur glane Twisted metal Haute Vienne

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2017 4:35PM
I have seen so many photographs, but have never been there. And I do want to visit one day.
De Gaulle ordered that the village should be left untouched after the war, as a permanent reminder.
Some members will be old enough to remember the monumental Thames Television series, The World at War, in the early 1970s. (Back in the days when ITV actually did serious television). Narrated by Lawrence Olivier, the first episode began in Oradour.

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, a 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.
They never rebuilt Oradour. Its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousand upon thousand of other martyrdoms in Poland, in Russia, in Burma, China, in a World at War ...


The words still chill.
Thanks for this. Thanks for treating the subject with sober respect. No fancy tricks.
GeeJoe 4 Wales
1 Aug 2017 4:48PM
New that was Oradour, as soon as I saw the thumb nail, have been there twice once in the early 90's when it really was just the village to see, then much later after they had built the museum across the road. The first visit was the most moving as one didn't quite now what to expect, I had been told about it by a work colleague but actually seeing it was a very difficult thing to accept that it had happened it sends shivers through me just looking at your photo.
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2017 4:52PM
Yes, the words still chill. I have watched The World at War series but didn't know about Oradour at the time. I think the saddest part was reading how the teachers lined their pupils up and led them unknowingly to their deaths.
It's definitely worth a visit, Moira as the place has a haunting beauty despite the devastation.

Thank you for your comment and also for the UA.
Merlin_k 11 39 13 United States
1 Aug 2017 4:56PM
Very moving. Thanks for sharing.
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2017 5:02PM
GeeJoe - We didn't pay to go into the museum as we were able to capture the 'eerie' atmosphere of the village by just walking round the town. As you say, all very moving and difficult to accept.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2017 5:28PM
As a footnote, some years ago a gentleman here uploaded an image of Oradour with a cartoonish, cigar-smoking GI and a prostitute photoshopped into one of the doorways. The nastiest image I have seen here, by a long margin.
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2017 5:41PM

Quote:As a footnote, some years ago a gentleman here uploaded an image of Oradour with a cartoonish, cigar-smoking GI and a prostitute photoshopped into one of the doorways. The nastiest image I have seen here, by a long margin.

Words fail me, Moira.
woolybill1 Plus
13 34 76 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2017 5:45PM
Haunting.
Regards
Bill
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
1 Aug 2017 6:28PM
solemn . . .
ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
1 Aug 2017 9:29PM
Thank you for sharing this, Sandra.
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 5:23PM
Thank you, everyone - especially to dark-lord, ddolfelin and mrs woolybill for their User Awards.

Sandra

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