The Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre
As might be gathered from my previous post in this category, I’m no fan of Nazis or their apologists. I have to admit to trolling Neo-Nazis on YouTube, although I’m not sure that is strictly true, I’d like to think of it as my attempt, however pointless, at educating or should I say at re-educating the bastards, sorry I mean the misguided.
I came across the video below in my research into the atrocities committed by German soldiers during World War II. I made a few comments and one of the replies made actually made me wonder how and where it was going all wrong. There are literally billions of internet pages out there, history books, TV documentaries and teachers, but somebody still manages to come out with this:
It’s possible Jews committed these acts in a false flag operation to turn the French against the Germans. Just saying, there’s something wrong about the history of this scenario. Just doesn’ make sense, Germans were fighting to free Europe from Jews. This is 1944, German cities were being carpet bombed, many Germans killed, it’s possible Jews could’ve taken the Nazi uniforms, slaughtered the French in revenge. Jews had already won, they’d seek revenge on France for a war they sowed.
What really happened
Below is the Wikipedia account of what took place:
In February 1944, 2nd SS Panzer Division (“Das Reich”) was stationed in the Southern French town of Valence-d’Agen, north of Toulouse, waiting to be resupplied with new equipment and freshly trained troops.
After the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the division was ordered to make its way across the country to stop the Allied advance. One of the division’s units was the 4th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment (“Der Führer”). Its staff included Standartenführer Sylvester Stadler as regimental commander, Sturmbannführer Adolf Diekmann as commander of the regiment’s 1st Battalion and Sturmbannführer Otto Weidinger, who was designated Stadler’s successor as regimental commander and was with the regiment for familiarisation purposes. Command of “Der Führer” passed from Stadler to Weidinger on 14 June.
Early on the morning of 10 June 1944, Diekmann informed Weidinger at regimental headquarters that he had been approached by two members of the Milice, the French secret police that collaborated with the German Gestapo, who claimed that a Waffen SS officer was being held by the Resistance in Oradour-sur-Vayres, a nearby village. The captured German was alleged to be Sturmbannführer Helmut Kämpfe, commander of the 2nd SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion (another unit of the “Das Reich” division), who may have been captured by the Maquis the day before.
On 10 June, Diekmann’s battalion sealed off the town of Oradour-sur-Glane, having confused it with nearby Oradour-sur-Vayres and ordered all the townspeople – and anyone who happened to be in or near the town – to assemble in the village square, ostensibly, to have their identity papersexamined. In addition to the residents of the village, the SS also apprehended six people who did not live there but had the Asmisfortune to be riding their bikes through the village when the Germans arrived.
All the women and children were locked in the church while the village was looted. Meanwhile, the men were led to six barns and sheds where machine-gun nests were already in place.
According to the account of a survivor, the soldiers began shooting at them, aiming for their legs so that they would die more slowly. Once the victims were no longer able to move, the soldiers covered their bodies with fuel and set the barns on fire. Only six men escaped; one of them was later seen walking down a road heading for the cemetery and was shot dead. In all, 190 men perished.
The soldiers proceeded to the church and placed an incendiary device there. After it was ignited, women and children tried to escape through the doors and windows of the church, but they were met with machine-gun fire. A total of 247 women and 205 children died in the carnage. Only two women and one child survived; one was 47-year-old Marguerite Rouffanche. She slid out by a rear sacristy window, followed by a young woman and child; the Germans’ attention was aroused and the three were shot. Marguerite Rouffanche was wounded and her companions were killed. She crawled to some pea bushes behind the church, where she remained hidden overnight until she was rescued the following morning. Another group of about twenty villagers had fled Oradour-sur-Glane as soon as the soldiers had appeared. That night, the village was partially razed.
A few days later, survivors were allowed to bury the dead. No less than 642 inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane had been murdered in a matter of hours. Adolf Diekmann claimed that the episode was a just retaliation for partisan activity in nearby Tulle and the kidnapping of Helmut Kämpfe.
Here’s the video. To be honest it reminds me a little of Pompeii. While the reasons why they ceased to exist are totally different, the result is the same. A town where life came to a complete halt due to a single event, one completely natural, the other totally man made: