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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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Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Oradour is an off-the-beaten track memorial dating back to WWII. When de Gaulle visited the site of this massacre he decided to keep it exactly how the Nazis left it. It is a moving historical site that transports you back to 1944. Walking through the tunnel you enter a world inhabited with rusting cars, abandon trolly tracks, and empty pâtisserie.... More

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Northamptonshire, England
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133 reviews 133 reviews
17 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The tragedy is that there are many more places around the world where such atrocities have taken place but the decision to leave this village to fall into ruin as a monument to “non-combatants” ensures that the entire families who were lost will not be forgotten. The memorial centre needs a good hour to study and the text is presented... More

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Angouleme, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very poignant reminder of man's inhumanity to man. The site is a permanent shrine to the six hundred and forty two men, women and children who were shot and burned to death here by German troops who, wrongly, believed that the village was a storehouse of weapons and explosives for the French resistance. Take your time here and soak... More

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Shotton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Considering what happended in this Village during WW2, but walking around and seeing the old village as it is now following the German retreat following the British advance. What was done in this little Village is nothing but horror but as other people have written there is an air of tranquility here and noticed people walk around without making a... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Very well set up and informative, some video scenes can be a little confronting, a wonderful memorial to the people of Oradour sur Glane and many others that suffered during the war.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had read about this village and seen photographs so we wanted to visit. I guess we picked a good time, later in the day, with not many visitors which gave the village a sense of calm and tranquility. The village seems to have been a happy thriving place but the horrors that took place in 1944 were hard to... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Just 4 days after D-Day, SS troupes callously targeted this peaceful, small village (and others like it) for no apparent reason, other than revenge...as they saw their fate. SS troupes gunned down 642 innocent souls, many who sought refuge in the church, and then set aflame this tiny village. It is hard to imagine such barbarity. Although controversial, this well... More

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Tacolneston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

There is nothing an individual of today could possibly write that even touches the horror or describes the 5 hours or terror this village suffered. I felt the same here as I did when I visited Auschwitz a few years ago. If there was one thing I shall remember which detracted from my mood, it was the loud French voices... More

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Calgary, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is haunting, sad and beautiful. I've been twice and found the second time even more moving. Go late in the day and you may find yourselves alone like we were in the quiet.

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Long Branch, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

While visiting the beaches of Normandy in late April 2014, we took a side trip to Oradour sur Glane. Walking thru the remains of this once beautiful village, devastated by the Nazi SS. just 4 days following D-Day.(6-10-44), One can here the souls of the 642 innocent victims screaming out "remember us so this horror is never repeated again". As... More

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