The original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.My photos are here. They don't capture how somber and eery the place really is. Lily seemed to grasp the purpose of the memorial. She looked intently at all of the objects in the memorial/museum, and noted the names of children her own age. She decreed war "stupid."
Sunday, July 28, 2013
On day 4 of the trip, we took a train from Paris to Limoges, in the Southwest. I chose Limoges as the place to get our rental car even though it was two hours away from our next hotel town (Sarlat) because I wanted to visit nearby Oradour-sur-Glane. I only learned about Oradour-sur-Glane from the travel guidebooks I had been reading. It was the site of a World War II atrocity. From the Wikipedia article: