Oradour: Villages des Martyrs

  • by James Stephens
  • Narrated by Robert V. Gallant
  • 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the heart of the Haute Vienne region of France, there is a village some 10 km from Limoges. The name of this village is Oradour sur Glane. On the 10th of June, 1944, this quaint village was the scene of a barbaric massacre, at the hands of the evil Nazis. Over 150 heavily armed SS soldiers entered this peaceful village and rounded up 642 men, women, and children. After hearing false reports that they were part of the resistance movement, upon orders, these vile men systematically murdered these innocent civilians, with few survivors! Before fleeing the scene, they torched the village, in an attempt to erase the atrocities. Under orders of France's General de Gaulle, the remains of the village have been preserved, as a reminder of what happened on that fateful day.

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Orodour as a real village.

The horrific story is told without over dramatisation. The lives of its inhabitants before that fateful day are presented; First Communions and Christmases, old fellows in the café, Spanish/Catalan republicans, refugees from Alsace-Lorraine, peasants and schoolchildren.
The SS account of events is included, fair enough, since de Gaulle's France tended to its own interpretation of history, but it doesn't sound very convincing!
Best of all the narrator does pronounce French and other European language properly and has a North American accent which is light and easy to hear, so there's non of that wincing I get with some narrators who seem to make a point of honour of mangling European names.
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- Mary Carnegie "redcarnegie"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2016
  • Publisher: Stephen Briggs