The  Martyred Village

On the afternoon of June 10th 1944 a German force from the "Das Reich" division surrounded the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Their mission was to punish the population for the activities of the Resistance who were harassing the German forces in the area. By the end of the day 642 men, women and children had been murdered and the village destroyed. When the French leader de Gaulle saw the ruins he decided that the village should be preserved as a monument to the dead and so it remains today, a very sad place.

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Oradour is a few miles to the Northwest of Limoges.

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