Statue of the Martyrs (France)

oradour statue

Several years ago, I took a 14-day tour through the Western France.  On the way to Albi, we stopped briefly at the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. On the bus, our tour guide turned on the CD –an older man began telling the story in a trembling voice.

On June 10, 1944, Diekmann’s battalion sealed off Oradour-sur-Glane, and ordered all the town people to assemble in the village square. That day, they killed 190 men. 247 women and 205 children died after an explosive was set off in the church. The survivor said (through a translator) that after they shot the village men with machine guns, they piled the dead bodies. His best friend was right on top of him, and he could feel that his blood was running over his body…

The ruins of the original village remain as a memorial to the dead. This status symbolizes that their souls soared to Heaven.

I lost all my photos of this trip, but I was able to locate the above statue photo on If you want to view the pics of  the ruins click here.

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26 thoughts on “Statue of the Martyrs (France)

  1. Such a tragic story and a hideous page in the book of History,dear Amy ! Inconceivable war crimes against humanity … Compelling statue and posture of the agonising woman in flames! Unfortunately,that’s the cruel side of life … Stay well,my friend 🙂


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  3. Great pic Amy…With the hands open, trying to protect or may be get away from the horror… That was a terrible chapter…Good that is possible to visit it and to remember it…Thans for sharing !!!


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