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Blog Posted:11/3/2013 2:57:00 PM
I just came back from a trip to the south of France and stayed at a villa that was built before Columbus was born - very spartan, yet with an ambiance that with a fire that warmed the soul, but on our journeys to sites that excite the swarming tourists was one I will never forget and am amazed I had never heard of before.  That was the town of Oradour-sur-Glane.  Four days after the allied landing (D-Day) at Normandy the Germans surrounded this peaceful town and murdered everyone there including over 500 women and children and babies and over 150 men.  The French have left this town as it was after the massacre.  Study for yourself.  It will always be burned in my memory. 

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  1. Date: 11/5/2013 4:48:00 PM
    I am so happy you re back.We re going to France in March ..Crossing from Dover to Calais and staying in the north but im keeping this place in mind : ). Hope we ll find english speaking people.My french lacks practice and I forgotten nearly everything I learned.Tnks for sharing this interesting blog : )

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  1. Date: 11/5/2013 5:35:00 AM
    wow...welcome back and thank you for sharing your journey with us...I can imagine if this burned in your memory it may become a poem one day...I have never heard of it either but now wish to read about it!

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  1. Date: 11/4/2013 8:48:00 PM
    Welcome back, Craig!!! Did you take pictures of this place?

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  1. Date: 11/4/2013 10:10:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your experience, Craig. Until this post, I have never heard of this place, but have since googled more information and photos, and I can't even imagine the wave of emotions you must have felt knowing the history, and the atrocities that took place there. For such a thing to happen so close to the end of the war is terribly heart-breaking. We can't forget the cruelty of such things, if ever we want to eradicate evil. Thank you for sharing this.

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  1. Date: 11/4/2013 8:58:00 AM
    How sad... But it will honor they're memory... and the memory of what war can do.

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  1. Date: 11/4/2013 1:37:00 AM
    Gosh, it must be an eerie place. Maybe haunted even!! those poor people.

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  1. Date: 11/3/2013 6:31:00 PM
    These kind of atrocities should never be forgotten......thanks for bringing this to light and welcome back....we missed you

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  1. Date: 11/3/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Were you in Provence?

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    rogers Avatar james rogers Date: 11/4/2013 6:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Actually, just outside of Bergerac which is 1 1/2 hour drive east of Bordeaux. Limoges is an hour and a half north of Bergerac and Oradour is 15 min. east of Limoges. Limoges is famous for their china.
  1. Date: 11/3/2013 3:14:00 PM
    Glad to see you back Craig.... such a memory you brought back with you.. Perhaps a new poem on your experience will help. Glad you enjoyed and shared this..I had no idea of this event.... always a true friend... LINDA

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