A Wreath was laid during a commemorate ceremony at Oradour-sur-Glane, Department Haute Vienna, southern France, June 10, in honour of the men, women and children massacred there by German SS troops in 1944.
GV Street in Oradour-sur-Glane
CU Sign "Remember"
STV Procession into town
ANGLE SHOT.. Part of wrecked house
LV PAN.. Wrecked houses
STV Procession pass wrecked houses
ST Burnt-out car on pavement
ANGLE V... Procession past wrecked buildings
SV Wrecked car in road
SV PAN.. Burnt-out bakery
SV Oven in kitchen
ANGLE V.. Wrecked bed frame in house
SV Cooking utensils in partly wrecked house
ANGLE V.. Cross
LV Burnt-out church in which women and children were killed
SV Procession enters churchyard
CU Date on memorial "10th June 1944"
SV Part of memorial
STV Wreath laid on memorial
SV Wreath laid on memorial
SV PAN.. Flags dipped, PAN down to wreath
SCU Officers and officials salute
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Background: A Wreath was laid during a commemorate ceremony at Oradour-sur-Glane, Department Haute Vienna, southern France, June 10, in honour of the men, women and children massacred there by German SS troops in 1944.
Once a flourishing small town with some 1,200 inhabitants, Oradour is now no more than a conglomeration of charred ruins and wreckage, left to tell the horrible story of one of the worst atrocities committed in World War II.
On the fateful 10th June, sixteen years ago, 50 hostages were taken in Oradour by the German occupation troops, after resistance fighters in the pro-Allied town had clashed with German guards and killed several of them. When, in defiance of a 24-hour ultimatum to surrender those responsible, French patriots attacked again, SS troops moved into the town, shot most of the male population, burned women and children alive in church, and set fire to houses and barns. Only about 100 inhabitants made good their escape.