Centre de la Mémoire - The Church Of Massaker

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Am 10. Juni 1944 wurden in dieser Kirche 350 Frauen und Kinder von Mitgliedern der SS eingeschlossen und auf grausame Weise ermordet: Die SS zündeten die steinerne Kirche an und sprengten den Kirchturm, der in das Kirchenschiff einschlug. Außerdem warfen sie Handgranaten und schossen wahllos in die Menge. Alle Männer und männliche Jugendliche wurden zusammengetrieben und erschossen. Unter den 350 in der Kirche eingeschlossenen Frauen und Kindern gelang nur der 47-jährigen Marguerite Rouffanche die Flucht. Insgesamt überlebten nur 6 von 650 Einwohnern das Massaker.

On Saturday 10th June 1944 Hitlers Waffen-SS massacred the whole population of the village Oradour sur Glane in a cruel way: All the women and children were locked in the church while the village was looted. Meanwhile, the men were led to six barns and sheds where machine guns were already in place. According to the account of a survivor, the soldiers began shooting at them, aiming for their legs so that they would die slowly. Once the victims were no longer able to move, the soldiers covered their bodies with fuel and set the barns on fire. Only six men escaped; one of them was later seen walking down a road heading for the cemetery and was shot dead. In all, 190 men perished. The soldiers proceeded to the church and placed an incendiary device there. After it was ignited, women and children tried to escape through the doors and windows of the church, but they were met with machine-gun fire. A total of 247 women and 205 children died in the carnage. Only 47-year-old Marguerite Rouffanche survived. She slid out by a rear sacristy window, followed by a young woman and child. All three were shot; Marguerite Rouffanche was wounded and her companions were killed. She crawled to some pea bushes behind the church, where she remained hidden overnight until she was rescued the following morning. Another group of about twenty villagers had fled Oradour-sur-Glane as soon as the soldiers had appeared. That night, the village was partially razed.

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Comments (55)

Angelofruhr on August 28, 2014

Thanks a lot for your kind comment and L+F , Don!

Warm greetings from Germany, Angelika

Angelofruhr on August 30, 2014

Thanks a lot for kind comment and YSL, Natuska!

Warm greetings from Germany, have a nice weekend, Angelika

Angelofruhr on August 30, 2014

Danke dir, Hans - leider hat der Ort eine schreckliche Geschichte!

LG, Angelika

josé cândido on August 31, 2014

Excelente . Like + Fav. totalmente merecidos para este meu Fotógrafo favorito.
Cumprimentos desde Guimarães , Portugal.
Continuação de um bom domingo.

josé cândido

Angelofruhr on September 10, 2014

Thanks a lot for kind comment and YSL, José! And a very special thank for Fotografo favorito!

Warm greetings from Germany, Angelika

Angelofruhr on September 23, 2014

Dear friends! Google decided the end of Panoramio!

So we fight for it, and there is a good hope. Did you received the good news for saving PA?

Petition from Joaquin, José and Eduardo: Google: Keep Panoramio Alive

Please sign and hand down to friends!!! :-)

Warm greetings, Angelika

Karl Pallinger on September 29, 2014

Du machst einfach herrliche Aufnahmen Angelika!!!!!!!!!!!!! L+F viele Grüße, karl

Angelofruhr on September 30, 2014

Danke, Karl - ist dir die Historie dieses Ortes bekannt?

LG; Angelika

Argenna on October 8, 2014

Very beautiful photo! LIKE.

Dear friends, you know they want to close Panoramio? Panoramio founders Joaquín , Jose and Eduardo opened a petition on Change.org. Please, sign it . This is the link. It requires 10,000 signatures. If you don`t sign we shall lose your beautiful photos.

Keep Panoramio alive

fototaube on January 31, 2015

schönes altes Gemäuer in stimmungsvoller Beleuchtung. L+F

Hans - PANO YES ! on February 28, 2015

Danke Angelika für die Dokumentation!-!!L!! Ruinen können ja so stimmungsvoll sein. LOB Laughing Out Bitterly! LG, Hans

Angelofruhr on February 28, 2015

Danke, Fototaube! Ich habe versucht, dieser Kirche durch die Bearbeitung die düstere Note zu geben, die diesem Ort gebührt. Schau mal nach der Geschichte dieses Ortes, ich habe sie unter das Bild gesetzt!

Hallo Hans - nicht alle lesen die Titel, geschweige denn die Beschreibungen. Danke für den Besuch und die Würdigung.

LG, Angelika

Robert Głowacki on April 18

Super shot

Like salut

Angelofruhr on April 19

Thanks for kind visit and like, Ray

Have a nice Sunday,Angelika

George Nowicki on May 3

Genau das zieht mich immer zu diesen Orten, sehr oft verstecken sich traurige Geschichten dahinter, aber gut ,dass wir etwas darüber wissen und sie zu schätzen haben. Klasse Foto !! so wie ich es auch gerne zu betrachten habe, Du besitzt den Sinn, Gefühl, Bedürfnis und Fantasie so klasse zu fotografieren ! Gruß aus Dortmund, George.

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Photo taken in Centre de la Mémoire d'Oradour sur Glane, 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane, France

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