Military history

Oradour: The Massacre and Aftermath

Oradour: The Massacre and Aftermath

The destruction of the French village of Oradour and the massacre of its population in June 1944 by the SS Das Reich Division ranks as one of the most notorious atrocities of the Second World War. The scars that were left will never fully heal and there are those that would argue that they should remain as a lesson to future generations. The ruins of the village have been preserved as a memorial to the victims and a new museum has recently been opened by President Chirac.

PREFACE

PROLOGUE

Chapter 1. The Ruins

Chapter 2. The Massacre

Chapter 3. The Dreadful Toll

Chapter 4. The Guilty

Chapter 5. Atrocities

Chapter 6. Resistance

Chapter 7. A Fatal Encounter

Chapter 8. The Motive

Chapter 9. ‘Justice’

Chapter 10. The Only Officer

CONCLUSIONS

APPENDIX. The Dead

LIST OF BODIES OF PEOPLE WHO COULD BE IDENTIFIED

LIST OF PEOPLE PRESUMED DEAD BUT WHOSE REMAINS COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED