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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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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This really is a must-visit in my opinion. Oradour is a town stuck in a moment in time; a memorial to those who suffered such inhumane treatment at the hands of the Nazis. It's not worth me describing it because you need to visit to get the feeling but you'll see the remains of a town, names of people, possessions... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

When you first step out of the remembrance centre and into the old town of Oradour-Sur-Glane it hits you straight away the size of the town and the absolute destruction reaped upon it. The town was raised to the ground by the SS unit "Das Reich" as a reprisal to attacks carried out against the Germans in the local area.... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I wasn't going to write a review of Oradour, i didn't think I would be able to add anything to the comments already posted, but I think it is worth adding a couple of things after reading recent posts. Oradour has not not been left to fall into ruin. It has been preserved in time as it was when the... More

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Scotland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The cenotaph listing names of all those who perished in this village is very moving. The village serves as a memorial and is a very personal experience

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Visited the museum and the old town. Very interesting to keep the town as a memorial. Very well looked after, lots of information at hand.

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Adelaide, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A shame so few people know about this place. As in the introduction of the World at War series, '...its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousands and thousands of martyrdoms...in a world at war'.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Those of you who know of the landmark TV series 'The World At War' will remember that Oradour-sur-Glane was at the start of the very first episode A New Germany ... ergo 'The day the soldiers came' Ever since seeing that programme 40 years ago I have wanted to visit Oradour. Yesterday I finally made it and I was astonished... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Touring the museum is a must before wandering through the burnt out ruins and immaculate cemetery. Sorrow, anger, so many emotions the visit evokes. You ask why - why the children. Thanks to the community for continuing to keep the memory alive for future generations to know not just of the warfare, but the evil of the Nazi's actions.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited on an overcast but warm afternoon along with many other people. Our first stop was the exhibition centre and we paid to see the exhibition to get the full story of the village. There were many photons and also paragraphs in English. The film show also had some English subtitles. We then went over to the village which... More

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Balmain, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a town absolutely well worth the detour to visit. All the photos here and everywhere else you have seen do not capture the sobering atmosphere. It is simply one of those places you have to see for yourself.

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