Martyred Village Commemorating the 1944 Massacre at Oradour-Sur-Glane

ISBN-10: 0520224833

ISBN-13: 9780520224834

Edition: 2000

Authors: Sarah Farmer

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Among German crimes of the Second World War, the Nazi massacre of 642 men, women, and children at Oradour-sur-Glane on June 10, 1944, is one of the most notorious. On that Saturday afternoon, four days after the Allied landings in Normandy, SS troops encircled the town in the rolling farm country of the Limousin. Soldiers marched the men to nearby barns, lined them up, and shot them. They then locked the women and children in the church, shot them, and set the building and the rest of the town on fire. Residents who had been away for the day returned to a blackened scene of horror, carnage, and devastation. In 1946 the French State expropriated and preserved the entire ruins of Oradour. The forty acres of crumbling houses, farms and shops became France'svillage martyr, set up as a monument to French suffering under the German occupation. Today, the village is a tourist destination, complete with maps and guidebooks. In this first full-scale study of the destruction of Oradour and its remembrance over the half century since the war, Sarah Farmer investigates the prominence of the massacre in French understanding of the national experience under German domination. Through interviews with survivors and village officials, as well as extensive archival research, she pieces together a fascinating history of both a shattering event and its memorial afterlife. Complemented by haunting photographs of the site, Farmer's eloquent dissection of France's national memory addresses the personal and private ways in which, through remembrance, people try to come to terms with enormous loss.Martyred Villagewill have implications for the study of the history and sociology of memory, testimonies about remembrances of war and the Holocaust, and postmodern concerns with the presentation of the past.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 317
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
The Massacre
Framing the Story
Creating the Monument
The Memorial Landscape
The Bordeaux Trial
The New Town
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index
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