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Village Martyr
(The martyred village)
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20th century ; 21st century
Oradour-sur-Glane, Haute-Vienne
Death tourism
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Exterior detail: signs at the entrance to the village. It is administered by the Ministry of Culture and made a historic monument on May 10, 1946.. On June 10, 2011 642 inhabitants of this village by rounded up and killed by a German Waffen-SS Detachment. Their bodies were burned and all the houses in the village destroyed. In 1946 General de Gaulle declared the site should be preserved as a memorial. A new village was built to the immediate north-west of the village. The local cemetery contains a memorial to the massacre and two glass-topped 'coffins' containing ash and fire-damaged fragments including bone. A crypt under the grass space in front of the cemetery houses displays of fire-damaged relics from the village. In 1999 the Centre de la Mémoire was built south-west of the village through which visitors pass to enter the site. This visitor centre provides information on the background to the atrocity and is sited in a hollow to lessen visual impact.
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Oradour-sur-Glane. For more information see also < > .
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Dave Ball
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Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre, 1944
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Memorials -- France
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World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
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Signs and signboards -- France
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Monuments -- France
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