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a most powerful and moving visit on our drive back up france, to oradour sur glane, where on 10 June 1944 a german waffen-ss company massacred 642 of its inhabitants, including many women and children, and destroyed the village.
a new village was built nearby after the war, but president de gaulle ordered the original to be maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. so we spent some time in the visitor's centre, understanding the context and tragedy of this event, and then made our way across the road to the preserved remains of oradour. this is the simple and rather beautiful church, to which the women and children were marched. after their menfolk were shot, an incendiary device was placed next to the church, and when it ignited and they tried to escape, they were machine-gunned. marguerite rouffanche escaped through a rear sacristy window, crawled to some pea bushes and remained hidden overnight until she was found and rescued the next morning. five men escaped the gunfire. the survivors were permitted to assist in the burial of the dead a few days later. the ss commander stated that the atrocity was in retaliation for partisan activity in nearby tulle, and the recent kidnapping of another commander

i liked the light coming through the windows that remain. it seemed to bring a message of hope
Lovely B&W shot
September 7th, 2019  
Unspeakable actions. Your composition is exceptionally poignant.
September 7th, 2019  
I have heard this happened in many places and its just horrific! This in a delicate black and white is very nice!
September 7th, 2019  
Would love to visit there, thanks for bringing it to us.
September 7th, 2019  
Heartbreaking story and wonderful capture of its decline
September 8th, 2019  
Thank you for sharing the story about this important structure. Such a poignant image.
September 8th, 2019  
We all need to remember these atrocities. I like that you took the photo in b&w.
September 8th, 2019  
it has all been said and I can only agree, great shot.
September 8th, 2019  
how powerful it must have been to stand there
September 8th, 2019  
Your composition and texture increase the tragic meaning of the place. Fav!
September 8th, 2019  
Such atrocities repeated all over Europe those days. In Italy, we had very similar stories in Sant'Anna di Stazzema, northern Tuscany, Marzabotto, Emilia Romagna, and many others. It's so brutal it's incomprehensible.
September 8th, 2019  
I agree with all comments before mine. Such a horrible history, that you have honoured beautifully in this picture.
September 8th, 2019  
Beautiful shot
The story of Oradour is well known in the Netherlands...very close to France after all
September 9th, 2019  
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