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The Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane
The S.S. then brought a large black box containing a smoke grenade in to the church, and lit the fuses causing the box to explode in palls of thick black smoke, bringing terror and confusion to all. The church was now a blazing inferno, flames reaching high into the tower, women and children running in every direction trying to escape the flames, screams of sheer terror and panic filled the church, there was NO escape!
Church where the massacre took place
Remains of the Church.
The intention was to asphyxiate and kill everyone, but it was found to be ineffective in causing a quick death, the S.S. realising their error were forced to proceed in the most horrific murderous act, by hurling grenades through the windows and through the church doors into the crowd of terrified women and children. Many were blown to pieces, still with their beloved children cradled in their arms. The church bells came crashing down, soon after the whole roof caved in and fell into the crowd below, crushing many to death.
The S.S. saw that many were still alive, even though suffering terrible injuries, and immediately opened fire with machine-guns raking the church inside, murdering those left alive in the blazing inferno….There lay amidst this carnage of horror 450 bodies, all the women, children and babies of the village, many burnt beyond recognition, blown apart by the ferocity of grenades, crushed by the falling masonry, shot to death by the barbarous S.S. in their murderous task.

The glass in the spectacles and watches that some were wearing had melted in the heat. In the crypt of the church one can see the dark imprint on the hard stone floor…….. of a mother who in her desperation tried to shield her child from the immense heat.
The only one to survive of 500
Madame Rouffanche, The only one to survive of 450 women and children locked up in the church. After being shot four times she climbed out of the window and was found the next day laying in a garden.
With unbelievable ferocity the S.S. immediately began to machine-gun all the men and boys at the top of the village and in the barns, the murderous clatter of gunfire rent the air, within minutes over 200 men and boys were dead. For those who remained alive in the barns there was to be no reprieve. The order was now given to burn all those inside the barns, alive or dead. The S.S. soldiers threw in all they could find that would burn and torched the barns containing the men and boys of Oradour…. Amidst the screams of terror they perished in the flames as the fire consumed all those inside. The whole village was then put to the torch and everything in it was destroyed!!!


A few survivors
A few survivors. The young boy in the front Roger Godfrin hid that day and was the only child to escape the slaughter.

This was the massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane

Out of 642 only a handful of people survived the massacre……..

No motive or reason can ever excuse this evil, ruthless, atrocity committed.

That day will forever live in infamy.


Today the village of Oradour-sur-Glane…..… remains exactly as it was left on that most barbaric day of June 10th 1944.
The massacre of 642 men, women, children, and babies will leave its scar on mankind as a reminder of the evil that was carried out here.
To the people of France it stands as a reminder of Nazi cruelty, and in the hearts of the citizens of France it is an ache in their heart for the freedom gained and the lives lost!!!
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Should we venture to that part of France near Limoges, the Haute-Vienne region, may we stop and see the village that now is a memorial to all those that perished here……….and Remember!!!
This is only one of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi regime, there are many, many, more, and in every country of Europe there were massacres carried out during this evil reign of terror.

One cannot express in words how horrific and terrifying this act of barbarity was, how could I ever put into words the terror that was present here!!!

Sad reminder of the innocents of war
Sad reminder of the innocents of war.

As I walked solemnly through the remains of the village, I stopped at the church…… and went inside. There in this ruined building I could see the dark outline, the imprint on the stone floor……..where, in this woman's last few breaths the most fanatical struggle of her life took place, the last moments of life on earth, when she had tried desperately to save the child she loved most dearly from the flames that were to engulf them both. She had perished in her final act of devotion to her beloved child.

It was a most terrible feeling standing in this place of such horror, I could not help myself and was reduced to tears for what I had seen….… and I will Remember!!!
 
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