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Oradour-Sur-Glane a World War Ii Memorial and Visitor Centre in, Limousin, France

Updated on January 27, 2019
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I live in Limousin, France near this memorial to the loss and shame of war. We must not forget Oradour-sur-Glane and the Holocaust.

The haunting face of the village never to be forgotten
The haunting face of the village never to be forgotten | Source

Oradour-sur-Glane 70th Anniversary

In 2014 it is 70 anniversary of Oradour-sur-Glane - what better opportunity to visit this sad but powerful monument to the futility of war?

So many people are planning to make their pilgrimage to the village that was massacred by the NAZI regime that it will be a truly remarakable event. Can you afford to miss this moment?

Why not come and stay with us at Les Trois Chenes B&B? or take a look at our website

10 June 1944

On the 10th June 1944 a unit of the SS of the 'Das Reiche' division invaded the quiet village of Oradour-sur-Glane, Limousin, France. They ordered the women and children into the church and gathered together the men. There they shot or burned 642 people. The people in France still remember the occupation of France, and still suffer.


The reason for the attack remains shrouded in mystery, although many theories abound and most of those propose errors mistakes. It's widely thought that it was a reprisal for the kidnap of Helmut Kämpfe who's body has never been found, or attacks on SS soldiers. There may have been confusion about the target and it is possible that they intended to burn the nearby village of Oradour-sur-Vayres. Read more in the links below.

Oradour has been preserved as a monument to the horrors of war. An impressive visitor centre has been built housing an impressive collection of educational material, explaining the historical background as well as the massacre itself. Sad, but a visit that must be made by everyone. A visit that you will never forget.

Where is Oradour-sur-Glane?

87520 Oradour-sur-Glane, France

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The village and Memorial Centre of Oradour-sur-Glane

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Historical Background

For a fuller accounts of the historical background to the martyrdom of Oradour, have a look at the following sites:

Oradour-sur-Glane - The Martyred Village

Oradour-sur-Glane Wilipedia

Oradour-sur-Glane 10 June 1944


The Visitor Centre

You enter the village via the visitor centre which tells the story of the rise of Nazism and the targeting of Oradour through archives, pictures, witnesses, accounts, films and slide shows. It covers the years 1933 - 1953, the occupation of France by the Nazi's, the French resistance, the politics of terror and the days of the 8th, 9th and 10th June 1944 and the reflections on the event.

The Creation of the site

1989 : The project was suggested to President Mitterrand
1992 : The project was begun
1999: The centre was opened to the public 12th May and inaugurated 16th July by Jacques.Chirac, Président de la République and Catherine Trautmann, Ministre de la culture
2002 : More than 300 000 people vised the Centre.

Opening times

  • Open every day
  • 1st Feb - 28 Feb open 9 - 17h
  • 1st March - 15 May open 9 - 18h
  • 16 May - 15 Sept open
  • 16 Sept - 31 Oct 9 - 18h
  • 1st Nov - 15th Dec 9 - 17h
  • Closed 16th Dec- 31st Jan inclusive

Last access on hour before closing


  • Normal: 7.50 euros
  • Reductions: 5.20 euros (unemployed, students, under 18's and Ex-soldiers
  • Families: 21 euros (2 adults and 2 or more children)
  • Groups: 6 euros per person (min 20 people)
  • Guided group tours 8 euros per person (1 person free for every payee)
  • Free to all children under 10 years

Guided tours in English, German, Spanish and Italian. Reservations 05 55 43 04 39

Contact Information

Oradour Centre de la Mémoire

87520 Oradour-sur-Glane

Tel: +00(0)5 55 43 04 30

fax 05 55 43 04 31

The Village

From the darkness of the underground visitor centre and its artificial lights, it comes as a shock to walk out into the sunshine of the village. The day that I visited with my son, then aged 10, the sun shone; butterflies and dragonflies abounded. It was in stark contrast to the bitterness of the ruined village. You can walk along the streets, see the signs for the shops - so many hairdressers! In almost every burn-out building sits a Singer sewing machine. Cars have been left as well and these simple domestic objects that have survived the flames make the experience so much more real.


This site is there so that we remember. Not only the inhabitants of the village of Oradour tucked away in the gently rolling hills and green forests of Limousin, but also all the other victims of the war: an estimated 30 million civilians, the soldiers, the 6 million Jews. Genocide.

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