Oradour sur Glane: This small village of Haute-Vienne is famous in the whole world as it preserved the vestiges of the tragedy which occurred on June 10th, 1944 when a unit of the SS das Reich division slaughtered 642 inhabitants

The center of memory is located in Oradour sur Glane, 20 kilometers West from Limoges.

This small village of Haute-Vienne is famous in the whole world as it preserved the vestiges of the tragedy which occurred on June 10th, 1944 when a unit of the SS das Reich division slaughtered 642 inhabitants, men, women and children.

Classified as a historic monument just after the Second World War, the ruins of the martyred village are now visited by an amount of 300,000 people every year.

But could the only ruins continue to immortalize a message of remembrance and peace ?

Oradour’s memory has been built up since June 1944, just a couple of days after the drama: in a consensus around the particular destiny of this “peaceful village of Limousin” wiped out in a few hours. Since the Liberation, Oradour incarnates the archetype of collective massacres of civilians by army troops and is also in charge of a universal impact. Thus, on March 10th, 1945, General de Gaulle de- cided that Oradour could become the national symbol of Nazi barbarity.

Indeed, as in many antic myths, the tragic destiny of Oradour became a stereo-type of political speech and more generally, a generic term for every civilian mas- sacre committed by army troops.

Such a manipulation might distort the memory of Oradour, that is why the centre is given the mission to pacify the passions by a historical work never realized to date.

This first step would probably help to reconcile various memories in the next future, and certainly as the President of the center of memory, Jean Claude Peyronnet asserts, “faced with avowed or hidden negationists, to transmit to the next generations the truth upon the facts of this tragedy, to understand the rea- sons why it happened on 10th of June 1944, and to avoid justifying the unspeak- able”.

Oradour’s drama is not coincidental but a consequence of an ideology establish- ing violence as a fonder value.

Beyond Oradour’s massacre, on June 10th, 1944, the center of memory is in- volved in works dedicated to acts of violence perpetrated on civilians in the field of contemporary conflicts.

 

What you need to know:

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from May 16th to September 15th

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tober 31st from 9am to 6pm

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Last access to the center one hour before closing time. Winter closing from 16st December to 31th January

Entrance rates
– adults: 7.80 €
– families (2 adults and 2 children or more) : 22 €
– students, children from 10 to 18, spastics (+1 accompanying person),

accompanying persons for blinds and mentally handicapped persons,

war veterans/ victims/orphans : 5.20 €
– children under 10, Blinds and mentally handicapped persons, jobless people,

journalists, members of ICOM and bus drivers: free entrance

Audio-guides
Available in French/English and Dutch versions : 2 €

Guided tours of the center
For groups of 20 people and more Information and booking at 0033 555 430 439

Access
Visitors can access to the martyred village (free entrance) from the center of memory.
An elevator enables people with reduced mobility to reach easily the various levels of the center and the stricken village.

Free parking lot for 400 cars
Animals prohibited either in the center or in the village.