Panorama of the cemetery at
(360 degree view)
This 360 degree panorama of the
cemetery of Oradour-sur-Glane was taken from in front of the main stele. Some of
the tombs shown are not directly related to the massacre
of 10 June 1944, but in fact pre-date (and in some cases post date) the event. For close up views of the
various memorials behind the main stele
take this link. For a higher definition
image of the same view take this link.
An odd aspect of French cemeteries is that grave space is normally leased for a specified
time and if the payments are not kept up, or the term of the lease expires, the
plot can be (and often is) reused by another family.
It is quite sad, walking round a French cemetery, to see the number of decaying graves,
falling apart and covered in weeds. This is a sign that the family have
died-out, moved away, or cant be bothered anymore: a pity.
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© Michael Williams: July 2012