Oradour Sur Glane

The small village of Oradour-sur-Glane  is sadly known for the massacre that took place there on 10 June 1944. In the afternoon, 200 soldiers of the SS Das Reich division entered the peaceful village.

Men, women and children were cold-heartedly shot and set on fire. The Nazis killed a total of 642 people that day, including 207 children.

Oradour-sur-Glane has remained unchanged ever since. During your visit, the burnt cars and houses and everyday objects such as sewing machine and bicycles untouched since 1944, remind you of the humanity of those who lost their lives.

Today, as you enter through the Memorial Centre, a sombre voice reads the names and ages of those who died, and there are photographs and explanations of the events. 

In order to honour those who died, the Centre has been working since 2014 to put faces to their names so an engraving can be made of them. Over 500 have been found to date.


A visit to Oradour-Sur-Glane is not a fun experience, but a very powerful one which will help you understand the the wartime experience of France, and the effects on its people.