Thursday, 9 June 2022

WW2 Tragic Oradour Massacre

Back in 1998, I’d not even begun writing novels, but after a very moving visit to the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, I vowed to myself that one day I had to write about this terrible tragedy.

Photo courtesy of Venetia Hos-Edwards

On 10 June 1944, Oradour-sur-Glane, situated in the Haute-Vienne Department, was burnt to the ground and 642 inhabitants massacred by a German SS company. After the war, a new village was constructed, but the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, stated that the original village should be maintained as a memorial and a museum.


Photo courtesy of Venetia Hos-Edwards

Photo courtesy of Venetia Hos-Edwards

Many years later, I learned that the countryside area in which I live in France, was a hotbed of French Resistance fighters against the Nazi Occupation. This, and the tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane, became the basis for my novel, Wolfsangel, second (standalone) story in my French historical series: The Bone Angel.

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As we hurried back to the old district of Lyon, I understood that look on Ghislaine’s face.  I saw how the Occupation had changed us; how the Resistance had brought together people from every level of society and turned us all — from the aristocrat to the simple farmgirl — into counterfeiters, thieves, and murderers.


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 Oradour-sur-Glane Memorial Centre 

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