This Peugeot 202 in Oradour-sur-Glane is one of many artifacts left in place as a memorial after German SS troups massacred 642 of the town's residents, including (according to various accounts) 193 or 205 children. The men were shot in the legs then burned in barns; the women and children were burned in a church and shot if they tried to escape. The soldiers looted the town and mostly razed its buildings.

The deaths were supposedly in retaliation for the capture of a German officer, but it was supposed to be Oradour-sur-Vayres, not nearby Oradour-sur-Glane, and the orders were to take 30 hostages, not kill everybody in the town.

The eventual trials in 1953 divided some French; there were Alsatian troops fighting with the Nazis, and they were granted amnesty after protests. That led to counterprotests In Limousin, though, where Oradur sur Glane is located.

Depressing details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane
Memorial Web site: http://www.oradour.org

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