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Oradour-sur-Glane old town

Centre de la Memoire, 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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  • French first
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Brigg, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I saw the village for the first time in 1973 as the opening sequence for the ITV series World at War and again in the last programme of the set, the end sequence. For me, it was the first I knew of Nazi atrocities, my father told me of many during my youth, him serving with Bomber Command during the... More

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A truly thought provoking experience that will not be forgotten. The silence, lack of bird song and emptiness says it all. We would visit again.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This well worth a visit. Then you will understand how evil the German ss where. The village has been left just how the Germans left it on the 10 June 1944. It is fee too visit and you will need around 2 to 3 hour to see every part of the village.There is no food or drinks available here but... More

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Bishop Auckland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend a visit to Oradour. Try to read some of the history first though. A very moving experience.

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Essex
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My Wife and I visited here last week and found the whole experience very moving. The village of the martyrs is little more than a shell now but the church is still there and suprisingly, it is open to the public. Think we paid 15 euros for both the museum and the village and it was worth the money. All... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

This in a difficult to review because of the subject matter but it's fair to say that if you are in the area, it is a must see. If nothing else to remind yourself that ultimate power corrupts ultimately. It is sensitively maintained and a very moving experience.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

On June 10 1944 this village was massacred - 642 inhabitants, including 246 children - by elements of the Das Reich division. No one knows exactly why. Charles de Gaulle ordered the village left as it was on that day, saying "the memory must be kept alive, for a similar calamity must never occur again." The church is in ruins;... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We have visited Oradour-sur-Glane twice. We have family that live in reasonably close proximity. On our first visit I felt like many of the other contributors that it was somehow disrespectful to take photos. One member of our small family group was having a conversation with another and something was said that caused him to laugh very briefly. He immediately... More

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Portland, Oregon
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108 reviews 108 reviews
14 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It was very moving; the Nazis murdered an entire, innocent village in order to terrorize the French people. I am proud that my father and his brothers all served in the liberation of France and the world from Hitler and his evil.

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Danville, California
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23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We arrived as a tour group with our guide explaining the mixed feeling of the mandatory historic museum imposed on this generation. They have been required to live side by side staring daily at the memories of a brutal legacy left by the Nazis. It is a horrific memorial of loves ones for this generation. It does, however, serves as... More

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