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April 3, 2010

Oradour-sur-Glane shown in the TV series “The World at War”

Filed under: Germany, movies, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 4:54 pm

Here is the narration by Sir Lawrence Olivier in the first Episode of the British documentary The Word at War which was first shown on TV in 1973:

“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, the 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 thousands upon thousands of other martyrdoms in Poland, in Russia, in Burma, in China, in a World at War…”

The ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane, 1944

The Official Publication about the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre states that “the Nazis had no valid reason to attack this peaceful town.”

Women and children were allegedly burned alive in Oradour-sur-Glane church

The massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane happened on June 10, 1944, four days after the Allied invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944.  WHOA! Wait a minute!  Did  German soldiers actually take time out from fighting the Allied invaders, so that they could go to a remote French village and burn 245 women and 207 innocent children alive inside a Catholic church for no reason at all?

I also blogged about the people who were allegedly burned alive on this blog post:  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/who-burned-whom-alive-in-france-during-world-war-ii-oradour-sur-glane-and-the-hamlet-of-rouffilac/

By beginning the documentary The World at War with this story, the British proved right up front that the Germans were indeed heartless barbarians who were solely responsible for a world-wide war. The German soldiers cared more about burning innocent babies alive in a church than they cared about defending their country.  Why else would they have taken time out to commit such an atrocity at Oradour-sur-Glane, a peaceful village where the people had nothing whatsoever to do with the war?  Or is there something that the British are not telling us?

Oradour-sur-Glane as it looked in 1932

Here is a quote from the Forward of the Official Publication about the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane:

“A traveler in June 1944 leaving Limoges for Angouleme would have been captivated by the charming balance of the surrounding countryside. How easily he would have stepped aside from the main road to take some more intimate by-way to discover to his delight, above the meandering river Glane, between two rows of willows and poplars, the church of the town going by the melodic name of Oradour.

“A few days later, nothing was left of this village apart from ruins and embers, the blackened sections of walls grasping the sky like stumps, and the charred remains of its inhabitants. The Huns had been that way, killing, pillaging, destroying, burning and annihilating animate beings and inanimate alike with method and refinement, for in the art of killing they are masters par excellence.”

“The Huns” is the pejorative name for Germans soldiers that was used by the British in World War I. The British told fantastic lies about alleged atrocities committed by German soldiers during World War I. The most famous British lie was about German soldiers “cutting the hands off babies in Belgium.”  Of course, the British government apologized later and admitted that it was all lies, but the damage had been done.

Old car in the ruins of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane

Another quote from the Official Publication:

“… unleashing of such monstrous instincts and the obsession with atrocities such as these has no name in any language – except however in the German language, where the term ‘Schadenfreude’ has been created and which may be translated as ‘pleasure in doing evil.’ How edifying it is when we find that in Germany such a brutal state of mind, heart and spirit should be so natural, normal and usual that it should be necessary to create a special word to designate this!”

Wow!  I’ll never use the word Shadenfreude again.  I had no idea that Shadenfreude means German “pleasure in doing evil.”  I thought it meant taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune.

According to the Official Publication, while the women were awaiting their fate in the church and the men were sitting in rows of three on the Market Square, the SS began carrying out a systematic pillage of the town, searching each house and emptying it of its contents.

The fairgrounds where the men waited while the women were taken to the church

The Official Publication claims that this was not a search for weapons, but rather a search for valuables that the SS wanted to steal. “The village was rich and theft was bound to be lucrative: silver, linen, provisions, precious objects, everything was there.”

So that’s why the German soldiers took time out from getting to Normandy to fight the Allied invaders?  They wanted to steal everything from the rich people in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.  How were they going to carry all this stuff with them into battle?

Maybe they were going to bury it and come and get it later, after Germany had won the war. In fact, there is a book, written by a guy named Robert Mackness, entitled Massacre at Oradour in which he tells about two SS officers stealing gold for years, and then transporting it to  Oradour-sur-Glane, along with military records. On June 10th, the SS officers went to Oradour-sur-Glane to retrieve their gold, and when they didn’t find it, they took revenge on the innocent people in the village.  Don’t laugh; some people actually believe this story.

The Dupic house where the SS soldiers had a drunken orgy

The 200 German SS soldiers spent the night of June 10th in the home of Monsieur Dupic, a fabric merchant who managed to escape when he saw the Germans enter the town. His house was located at the north end of the main street. The SS soldiers did not leave Oradour-Sur-Glane until the following day at about 11 a.m. They set fire to the Dupic house just before they left. The next day, the remains of 20 to 25 Champagne bottles were found in the ruins.

According to the Official Publication:

“Without doubt, during the night, the most atrocious orgies occurred in this house. […] They drank and binged in the Teutonic fashion, whilst other discoveries indicate clearly enough the monstrous nature of the scenes that these sadistic brutes gave themselves over to in the light of the fading glow of the fires.”

Well that’s one side of the story.  The German SS men have a different version of what happened.  You can read it here on my web site scrapbookpages.com. The story of Oradour-sur-Glane, as told by SS officer Otto Weidinger can be read here. You can also read more about the Official version of the story here.

Oradour-sur-Glane is a really big deal in France.  The ruins have been preserved just as they were left on June 11, 1944 when the German SS soldiers left the town.  To see the ruins, visitors have to go inside the Center of Memory and then go through a tunnel which leads to the ruined town.

The Center of Memory with the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane in the background

The town cemetery has a sickening display of bones found in the ruins of the town.

Bones of unidentified victims of Oradour-sur-Glane massacre

The French were defeated by the Germans in World War II after only six weeks of fighting.  They have nothing to be proud of except the French Resistance, so they glorify the French people who fought as illegal combatants after France signed an Armistice and promised to stop fighting.  At the same time, they deny that the people in the town of Oradour-sur-Glane had anything to do with the French Resistance.

Madame Rouffanche allegedly survived the massacre

Madame Rouffanche allegedly jumped out of a window in the church and survived, even though she was allegedly shot five times by the SS soldiers. She was found at 5 p.m. the next day, hiding between the rows of peas in a garden behind the church. As the only witness to allegedly survive the atrocity in the church, Madame Rouffanche testified at the trial of the SS men in 1953.

Madame Rouffanche allegedly jumped from the middle window of the Oradour-sur-Glane church

Madame Rouffanche’s final words to the court, at the trial of the SS men, were “I ask that justice be done with God’s help. I came out alive from the crematory oven; I am the sacred witness from the church. I am a mother who has lost everything.” The term “crematory oven,” which was evocative of the Holocaust, was a reference to the burning of the women and children in the church.

I don’t believe that Madame Rouffanche was even in the church, much less that she jumped out of a window in the church.

The side altar on the left side of the church is in pristine condition

The side altar on the right side is a pile of rubble

Body parts of women and children with unburned clothing

The three photos above clearly show what really happened inside the church at Oradour-sur-Glane.  The old black and white photo shows body parts with unburned clothing, which indicates that there was an explosion inside the church. Could the French Resistance have stored weapons inside the church which exploded?  You can see more photos of the church here.

Curiously, the president of France, Charles de Gaulle, ordered the records of the trial to be sealed for 100 years, which means we will not know what really happened at Oradour-sur-Glane until 2053.  Is there something that the French don’t want us to know about the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre?

I can’t say any more because it is a crime in France to tell the truth about what happened at Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10, 1944.

37 Comments

  1. For you to even insinuate that this atrocity never occurred, or didn’t occur in the way that history has proven, is downright absurd! The Germans didn’t take time out of fighting the liberators which you have wrongly deemed the “invaders”( the Germans were the invaders!) to take shiny objects. The Germans were well on their way to the front and upon arriving at essential bridges, crossways, and roads, found them blown to smithereens. Certainly it was the work of the French resistance. The Germans turned their guns on the civilian population, in rage. To punish them for interfering with their route. The top of this page says it all; The soldiers came… people were gathered… the soldiers left, everyone was dead. You certainly have a right to your opinions and beliefs but, boy are they way out of context.

    Comment by Jay Fermin — January 31, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

  2. As always (and as you say), “there are two sides to every story” and as usual, you did a good job telling the other side.

    Came to your article after reading “German Court Finds Lack of Proof Tying Ex-Soldier to Nazi Massacre,” in the New York Times today. (Your article was about half-way down a Google search of “oradour sur glane nazi” without the quotes.) The New York Times article was curious for the following quotes:

    “The exact reasons for the failure to prosecute many of the SS soldiers who were in the village at the time of the massacre are increasingly lost in the mist of time.” And, “Some historians have theorized that the killings were an outburst of rage by the SS soldiers or revenge over the Allied landings on D-Day four days earlier.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/europe/german-court-nazi-massacre-evidence-oradour-sur-glane.html

    Comment by 666isMONEY — December 10, 2014 @ 8:13 am

  3. What about the children shot by the SS. There clearly were no explosives stored in the church or there would be considerably more damage than there is. The church would have been reduced to a pile of rubble. So that kicks your stupid theory into touch you stupid Nazi.
    Denise

    Comment by Denise Williams — September 9, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    • You are hereby banned from commenting on my blog.

      Comment by furtherglory — September 9, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

  4. You say I am quoting one side of the story. Well that comment would be laughable if it was not so disgusting. It is clearly you a Nazi quoting Nazi propaganda that is quoting one side of the story. Nobody has any right to take the life of even one child let alone 207.
    Denise

    Comment by Denise Williams — September 8, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

  5. 642 people died at Oradour-Sur-Glane. 207 of those were children please tell me what did they do to deserve to be shot and burned or in the case of the baby it’s head smashed in. You think all of these actions admirable. It is clear you hate the British and French at least have the guts to give your name and nationality. I suppose you also glory in the holocaust or as is more probable deny it ever happened. You are nothing more than a terrorist

    Comment by Denise Williams — September 8, 2013 @ 7:27 am

  6. There was no valid reason to murder those people at Oradour and people like you that glory in this have no place in a decent society you disgust me

    Comment by Denise Williams — September 8, 2013 @ 3:19 am

    • “No valid reason”? This is a quote from The Official Publication about the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre, which states that “the Nazis had no valid reason to attack this peaceful town.”

      There are two sides to the story of Oradour-sur-Glane. You are quoting one side of the story.

      You can read another side of the story on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/Story/SSversion01.html

      This quote is from my website:
      Following the Normandy invasion, the German Army, and especially the SS, had come under heavy attack by the Maquis, a resistance group that in today’s War on Terror would be called insurgents or illegal combatants. The Waffen-SS Das Reich Division, which had been ordered from Bordeaux to the Normandy front, took 17 days to complete what would normally have been a three-day journey, suffering numerous casualties en route, as they were attacked by the Maquisards.

      The Maquis was working closely with the British, who gave them supplies and coordinated their efforts. In the days immediately following the Allied invasion at Normandy, the leader of the Free French, Charles de Gaulle, was making plans to become the President of France after it was liberated from the German occupation. From his headquarters in London, he directed the British to drop money and ammunition to the resistance fighters in rural areas, rather than supplying the 25,000 Communists who were in Paris. He did not want the capital city of Paris to be liberated by the Communists because this would have resulted in a Communist government in France after the war. The Maquis fought in the outlying areas, hiding in the hamlets and villages of rural France; de Gaulle wanted all the Allied ammunition to be given to them.

      The Maquisards set land mines, wrecked trains, blew up bridges and railroad tracks, ambushed German soldiers, kidnapped high-ranking German officers, killed wounded SS soldiers, and directed British and American planes in the bombing of German troop trains. There were also French collaborators who were helping the Nazis in the fight against Communism, particularly the Milice, the secret police, which helped the German Gestapo in arresting the resistance fighters.

      The destruction of Oradour-sur-Glane had the desired effect because, immediately after the massacre, the Communist partisans, who had been wreaking havoc in the Limosin area, gave the order to stop fighting. The order was intercepted by the Germans and this immediately lifted their morale. The reprisal had worked; this was basically the reason why reprisals were allowed at that time, although such bestial cruelty as the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane is, understandably, no longer legal under international law.
      End Quote

      Comment by furtherglory — September 8, 2013 @ 9:25 am

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  8. […] June 10th is the anniversary of the tragedy in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944. I previously blogged about Oradour-sur-Glane at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/oradour-sur-glane-shown-in-the-tv-series-the-world-at-w… […]

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  9. People like you that actually “defend” attrocities like this as acts of war, covered by the veil of signed treaties and war politics at the time are what’s wrong with this world. NOTHING justifies what was done by the SS (and other guns for hire) in France and all around europe and around the world.
    You are an ignorant person that decided, quite foolheartedly to defend the obvious wrong side. May God have mercy on your soul, because I have none. You racist, fascist trash of a man.

    Comment by French man. — August 24, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    • He doesn’t defend nothing you moron. He’s just asking questions about really what happened there…

      Comment by didier — September 7, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  10. In fact the same group took every boy child in the village of Frayssinet le Gelat and executed them, 11 in all I think, all this because someone took a potshot at an officer with a shotgun. Your ideology is flawed and your defence of the German people is not well founded, had they the proof they would be defending themselves.

    Comment by Dave Goodwin — March 3, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    • On my website and on my blog, I write about things that I have studied and places that I have visited. I have not written anything about Frayssinet le Gelat because I have not researched it. I googled it and found this quote:

      “FRAYSSINET(Near Tulle, Central France, May 21, 1944)

      In the small village of Frayssinet le Gelat south of Tulle, between Gourdon and Fumel, an SS Rifle company of the 2 Panzer Division ‘Das Reich’ stopped for a refreshment break. Believing that one of their officers had been shot by members of the French underground, fifteen hostages were taken and executed. These hostages were all young males from one child families. This, in the twisted minds of the SS, was to prevent any further family line of descent. Outside the entrance to the local church in Frayassinet le Gelat stands a small monument mounted with a stone cross, and a plaque bearing the names of all the fifteen young victims.”

      On the same website, I found this quote:

      “When the 2nd SS Panzer Division ‘Das Reich’ took over the town they found 40 dead bodies of the German 3rd Battalion/95th Security Regiment garrison troops near the school, their bodies badly mutilated. Other bodies were found around the town, bringing the total German dead in Tulle to sixty-four.”

      I wrote about the Tulle incident on my website and on my blog.

      I have deduced that you are a rabid German-hater and you want to persecute me because I am not a German-hater. There are plenty of German-hatred blogs for you to read and comment on, so please stop baiting me.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 3, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  11. Further Glory, I don’t understand where exactly you are coming from with all your blog entries. Are you denying the deaths of millions of people throughout Europe by the Germans? Over on your website there are several quotes from other bloggers where you seem to be implying that they are being misinformed about the actual conditions and what really happened in the Dachau camp. Why would the Germans keep up the pretense if none of it is true. Surely they would be doing all that they could to set the record straight? I visited Dachau back in 1969 and there was a large sign outside the camp entrance, on it was stated that the inhabitants of the village of Dachau had NO knowledge of what was happening there, I have to tell you that although now there is a large auto route dividing the two there is no way that they could not have known, the smell alone must have been unbearable. What is the truth about Oradour that you are not allowed by law to tell and why do you choose to believe testimony of the SS Officers and not the local civilian population? What information are you keeping secret, this could be the MOST amazing revelation if you were to tell all. Surely you are not afraid of breaking some French law forbidding you?
    regards
    Dave

    Comment by Dave Goodwin — March 3, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    • You wrote: “where exactly you coming from with all your blog entries?” I am coming from the point of view of a defender of the German people, not a denier of the deaths of millions of people by the Germans. Many of my blog posts are about defending the German people, who are constantly attacked today and subjected to hatred. I have written around 640 posts on my blog and 630 of them are still up. My latest post is a defense of a “German war criminal” who was executed because he followed orders and escorted Russian POWs to be executed.

      You wrote: “Why would the Germans keep up the pretense if none of it is true?” The Dachau Memorial site is under the control of the International Committee of Dachau, an organization that was formed by the prisoners before the end of the war, which is still in existence today. It is this organization that insisted that the sign, saying in 5 languages that there was no gas chamber at Dachau, be removed. It is this organization that has changed the story about the Dachau residents, so that tour guides today tell visitors that the residents knew everything that was going on.

      You wrote: “What is the truth about Oradour that you are not allowed to tell and why do you choose to believe testimony of the SS officers and not the local civilian population?” I have an extensive section about Oradour on my web site at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/Story/index.html After visiting Oradour and doing a lot of research, I have come to the conclusion that the residents of the town were helping the French Resistance. If the people in the town were completely innocent, why was the trial testimony sealed for 100 years? I think that I have already told all about Oradour on my website.

      Comment by furtherglory — March 3, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

      • But you are not saying that the people of Oradour deserved what befell them? That because people fought back even though an agreement had been signed made them the aggressors?

        You believe that all action against the German forces in France carried out by civilians was illegal and therefor they deserved all they got but I to have seen the evidence of the same SS Group passing through the Lot and Dordogne where they killed at will, reprisals for the actions of the Maquis and other groups were surely not meant to be taken against ANY civilian that they came across is just nonsense.

        It makes the present day action by the government forces in Syria against the civilian population right because they are rebelling, it’s just not true. Sorry.

        Comment by Dave Goodwin — March 3, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

        • Wars are fought on the battlefield with armies fighting against armies. When a county signs an armistice and promises to lay down their arms, then continues to fight as civilians, this is a violation of the Geneva Convention and a reprisal against them is legal. The citizens of Oradour-sur-Glane knew what would befall them if they fought as illegal combatants. I did not write anywhere that the “people of Oradour deserved what befell them,” and I did not write that they were “the aggressors.” I have not studied “Lot and Dordogne” so I can’t comment about it.

          Comment by furtherglory — March 3, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  12. Just like in Lidice, the innocent local people paid for the French Resistance’s stupid action – yes, there was no international law which allowed a country to sign an Armistice and then continue to fight as civilians. However, there was a law which allowed reprisals. The Oradour-sur-Glane incident was a reprisal against the French Resistance which consisted of civilians who were fighting as illegal combatants. As George W Bush, he will explain everything.

    Comment by Paul Zellman — May 21, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

  13. My comments are directed at Nazi sympathisers, conspiracy Theorist and propaganda pushers like you. you sure give that impression… “The resistance was operating against international law” i like that… and what did the Nazi do? did they comply with international law when they invaded Europe?

    Comment by Dan — May 6, 2011 @ 5:24 am

    • There was no international law which allowed a country to sign an Armistice and then continue to fight as civilians. However, there was a law which allowed reprisals. The Oradour-sur-Glane incident was a reprisal against the French Resistance which consisted of civilians who were fighting as illegal combatants.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 6, 2011 @ 7:03 am

  14. Actually, Germans ss, and soldiers and German citizens committed crimes against humanity in every worst way only sick people can think off. as a fact, German soldiers in Yugoslavia killed 40 woman, children and ordinary unarmed people for every German soldier that was killed and i can go on and on and on….. you don’t expect us to feel sorry for some burning German invaders in an ambulance, you don’t mention 11 million people murdered systematically. you don’t mention that because you think that you are superior to other races. Actually, Jews are the superior race they invented everything, they are the chosen ones and you guys envy that and tried to destroy them. Ironically, you and people like you murdered 6 million Jews and now you have 6 million Muslims in your country. they drain your economy and don’t give back to society…enjoy them the birth rate is 8 Muslims to 1 German baby and as of today 48% of births (in German hospitals) are Muslims. in about 30 years the common language will be Turkish. Hooray, both of you have the same past; both accused of genocide. i think you are now cursed for hurting the chosen people with the same genetic makeup as our lord Jesus and you now paying for it. you pagans are not true Christians anyway. look at the Jews; about 60 years ago they got a country and they are now top 10 wealthiest countries in the world, Technology in Israel is 20 years ahead of any country in the globe. why is that do you think? read the new testiment. Your god must be hitler…he once said:” If one repeats something 1000 times, the people will accept it as the truth. The same is today with socialistic propaganda.

    Comment by Dan — May 4, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    • To whom are you directing your comment? I am not German and this blog does not come from Germany. What is your first language?

      Comment by furtherglory — May 5, 2011 @ 9:57 am

  15. you asked:will the German soldiers take time to kill babies? SS did and all they really cared about is to make sure they can kill and kill and kill and most of the killing were done at the end before allies arrived. you must be F@$%^&G kidding. you feed yourself with fantasies and conspiracy theories. Germans killed so many babies, they made soap out of babies fat and they used humans as Ginny pigs. ask yourself again the same question. The SS left awchwitz in a hurry came back after 3 days so they can kill the remaining innocent people. you sounds like “Natzi”

    Comment by Dan — April 27, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  16. Anti French Pro German/SS properganda.
    Let it rest . This atrocity happened and happened at the hand of german soldiers. The reason is irrelevant.

    Comment by Joe Public — September 19, 2010 @ 10:05 am

    • “This atrocity” was a reprisal which was legal in World War II. Charles de Gaulle sealed the testimony, given at the trial of the Germans, for 100 years, which means that you will be able to read the testimony in 2053, if you live that long. Why seal the records if the trial testimony was “Anti French Pro German/SS properganda”? All of the men who were put on trial were released. Why release men who had committed an “atrocity”?

      Comment by furtherglory — September 19, 2010 @ 10:25 am

  17. The “Official Publication” is a 190-page book entitled “Oradour-sur-Glane, a Vision of Horror.” It was published by the “Remembrance Committee” and the “National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Oradour-sur-Glane.” It was written by Guy Pauchou, the sub-prefect of Rochechouart, which is a nearby town, and Dr. Pierre Masfrand, the curator of the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane. It is sold at the Center of Memory. The British documentary has nothing to do with the Official Publication.

    The British SOE was set up in order to finance and help the French Resistance; the SOE was a secret organization that was operating in violation of international law. So the British had to establish at the outset of their documentary that it was the Germans who were the bad guys, not the British and the French who were fighting illegally in violation of international law. The destruction of Oradour-sur-Glane was a reprisal which was legal under the rules of warfare at that time.

    Comment by furtherglory — April 4, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    • Thanks very much for this information. These local people (like the prefect and the curator) can really smell the money in the form of tourist dollars. I will be sure to never go near that place.

      You should also tell us about WHY the Germans carried out a reprisal action here; that is, what these “heroic” resistance fighters (aka communists) were doing. And that dear Madame Rouffanche was a member of a resistance family, her daughter being deeply into it. These were outlaws who loved to commit atrocities against the German soldiers, and they are the ones who are considered to be “witnesses” to the history there.

      Comment by sceptic — April 5, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

      • I made the Oradour-sur-Glane post short with lots of photos because it was on my blog on Easter Sunday when family members would be reading it. It would take a whole book to tell about the atrocities committed by the Resistance fighters in the Oradadour-sur-Glane area. So instead of writing a lengthy post, I linked to pages on my web site. The whole list of articles about Oradour-sur-Glane and the French Resistance are at this URL: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/Story/index.html

        The worst atrocity was the burning of wounded German soldiers alive in an ambulance. This took place near the hamlet where Madame Rouffanche lived. You are correct that her daughter was a member of the Resistance and probably Madame Rouffanche herself was heavily involved. The people from this hamlet were taken to Oradour-sur-Glane because of the ambulance burning, but I doubt that Madame Rouffanche was among them. She probably hid as soon as she saw the soldiers coming because she knew that there would be a reprisal action.

        Comment by furtherglory — April 5, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

  18. Who is responsible for this “Official Publication”? Do you mean that it goes along with the British documentary or that it is what the French sell or give out at the Oradour “memorial” site?

    In any event, neither the British or French have any shame about their incredible lying propaganda that they continue to dish out, in large part to cover their own weakness, failures, illegal actions and downright atrocities.

    Shadenfreude? It applies to them!!

    Comment by sceptic — April 4, 2010 @ 5:28 pm


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