A German newspaper for English speakers has an article about German President Joaquin Glauck’s visit to the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane; he is the first German official to be granted the right to visit the “Martyred Village” where 642 innocent French victims were killed in a massacre on June 10, 1944.
This quote is from an article in The Land newspaper, which you can read in full here:
Gauck is the first German leader to visit Oradour-sur-Glane, where ruins from the war have been preserved as a memorial to the dead. They include a church where women and children were locked in, before toxic gas was released and the building set on fire.
Oradour-sur-Glane was a French village where German soldiers carried out a reprisal action during World War II. I have blogged at length about the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane, including this blog post.
You can read the official story of the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane on my website here.
This quote is from the official story on my website:
The authors of the booklet, “Oradour-sur-Glane, A Vision of Horror,” point out that what was most striking about the destruction of the village was “the methodical, systematic and even scientific manner in which it was perpetrated.” As the booklet explains, “The German insistence in asking whether there were any munitions dumps was evidently a step of prudence which may be explained by the desire to protect against explosions which the fire might cause and of which they might be the first victims.”
The SS soldiers brought with them all the equipment necessary to destroy the village including bombs, grenades, cartridges, and incendiary bombs, a collection of modern weapons which the authors call “the last word in science and progress!”
According to the authors, “An asphyxiating gas container intended for the liquidation of the unfortunate victims in the church was specially brought in by lorry.” In the opinion of the authors, “The Germans have distinguished themselves from other peoples by their delirious taste for torture, death and blood.” The official story is that the German beasts made plans in advance to gas the women and children and to carry out this terrible crime in the sanctity of a church.
Unburned bodies found in the church appear to be the victims of an explosion.
The lone survivor of the church was a woman named Madame Rouffanche, who testified for the prosecution during the 1953 military tribunal at Bordeaux.
This quote is from her testimony, as published in the Official Publication:
“Shoved together in the holy place, we became more and more worried as we awaited the end of the preparations being made for us. At about 4 p.m. some soldiers, about 20 years old placed a sort of bulky box in the nave, near the choir, from which strings were lit and the flames passed to the apparatus which suddenly produced a strong explosion with dense, black, suffocating smoke billowing out. The women and children, half choked and screaming with fright rushed towards the parts of the church where the air was still breathable.”
According to Madame Rouffanche, the only witness, who was inside the church and survived, the so-called “toxic gas” was actually “dense, black, suffocating smoke billowing out.” It was NOT cyanide gas, nor any other kind of gas.
As for the alleged fire in the church, one whole side of the church had no damage from a fire, nor from smoke.
The photo below shows the unburned confessional inside the church.
The French have hated the Germans for centuries. Their derogatory term for a German is Boche. I hope that the French were able to show at least a little respect for the German leader that they finally invited to see the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane after almost 70 years of lies about the the town.
The massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane was a REPRISAL, which was legal during World War II. According to international law during World War II, under the Geneva Convention of 1929, it was legal to violate the laws of war by responding with a reprisal against civilians in order to stop guerrilla actions that were against international law. Civilians in Oradour-sur-Glane were fighting as illegal combatants, and this is why the Germans did a reprisal in order to stop them. The reprisal worked since the illegal fighting stopped after the massacre.
There are two sides to every story. You can read both sides of the Oradour-sur-Glane story on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Oradour-sur-Glane/Story/index.html