The Memorial to the dead in Oradour-sur-Glane in 2012
A view of the main memorial in Oradour-sur-Glane cemetery. The major part of the cemetery is behind the photographer and it is here that the identifiable victims are buried in family plots. The unidentifiable bodies and bones were interred in several places, two of which can be seen either side of the main stele. These small ossuries have glass lids and the bones and bone fragments therein can be clearly seen when viewed from above. To the right of the 10 black memorial slabs carrying the names of the 642 victims is the separate slab for the 44 people from Charly in Lorraine and to the left of the 10 black slabs, is the memorial to the 9 victims from Alsace. The 2010 memorial to those of the Jewish faith can be seen under the first of the black slabs on the left. Behind the hedge is the modern part of the cemetery and this is used for present day burials: see Memorial in 1998 and the panorama.
Michael Williams: 2010 revised July 2012