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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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Harrisburg, PA
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This atrocity was recorded for all generations to see . Although it seems almost impossible to believe, it happened and should never be repeated! This is the message you walk away with upon leaving. This historical site was not cleaned up after the war leaving us to only read about in history books,but left to the environmental elements, it will... More

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Oh what an eye opener. So very sad. Very thought provoking. Great respect felt by visitors. Go if you are near, it will be worth it.

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Bristol
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13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We stopped here after overnighting in Limoges on the way to Spain on the recommendation of my father. What you see is a tragic reminder of man's worst excesses, Make sure you read up about the town as then you wont need to pay to view the quite self explanatory museum. The town itself is free to enter and is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A memorial to "man's inhumanity to man." Poignant, intensely moving, unforgettable. Sadly the brutality at Oradour has been repeated all over the world since. Sebranica springs to mind. The visitor centre is first rate. Terrific but not quite up to date. It did not report a new prosecution in 2014 and the visit of the German president. "Humanity must perforce... More

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St. Dogmaels, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Its over five years since I visited but it's a place I will never forget. A friend was visiting close by so I told him about it and that he should go as its one of the most moving places I have ever been to. There is an information centre at the start then you walk quietly through a tunnel... More

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

If ever you are in this part of France, please go and pay your respects. The story is haunting and tragic, about the day the Nazis came in and wiped out a whole village. What you see is what is left. It's a ghost town, it's haunting and thought provoking. I'm in a wheelchair and the only building I couldn't... More

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Maidstone
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Soon after D day in 1944 the residents of Oradour-sur-Glane were massacred. Almost every man and woman in the village were rounded up put into barns, garages and the church. Then the buildings were set on fire and the captives machine gunned by the Germans. Only a very few escaped. The village has been left exactly as it was on... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We are from Australia and staying with friends in France they said "We will take you to a WW2 ghost Town" What a surprise to see a burnt out Town intact ,and a beautiful cemetery to remember the poor souls that lost their lives. We visited Auschwitz in Poland two weeks before and this was ANOTHER sombre moment in which... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Only heard about Oradour-sur-Glane recently so decided to pay a visit and we were not disappointed. We have a motorhome so access and parking is always a consideration but it was very easy (we parked in the village). It is free to walk around the memorial village and there is a small fee for the museum. We would recommend visiting... More

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A fantastically thought-provoking place to visit. A must for young and old. My only negative comment would be regarding the hoards of tourists taking photos - something that is expressly forbidden and I felt hugely disrepectful.

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