A Sobering Reminder

6th August 2016

Free aire 2 euro for water  (GPS 45.934722 1.0275)

Our next stop was at the truly moving village of Ordour Sur Glane, left exactly as it was after the whole population was massacred by SS troops during the 2nd world war. On 10 June 1944, the village in then Nazi occupied Fracne was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by Nazi SS . A new village was built nearby after the war, but Charles De Gaulle ordered the original be maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.Before walking through the devastated village we took the time to visit the excellent museum which explains in detail events leading up to and beyond the massacre here. For an addition 2 euros per person you can take an audio tour which really explains the events in detail and made us appreciate the horrific atrocities that had taken place here where the whole village was rounded up and killed. After which the soldiers burned both the bodies and buildings leaving complete devastation in their wake. This makes you realise that we are privileged to live in a country and time of peace.

 

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