Oradour-sur-Vayres

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Oradour-sur-Vayres
Oradour-sur-Vayres is located in France
Oradour-sur-Vayres
Oradour-sur-Vayres
Coordinates: 45°44′00″N 0°52′04″E / 45.7333°N 0.8678°E / 45.7333; 0.8678Coordinates: 45°44′00″N 0°52′04″E / 45.7333°N 0.8678°E / 45.7333; 0.8678
Country France
Region Limousin
Department Haute-Vienne
Arrondissement Rochechouart
Canton Oradour-sur-Vayres
Intercommunality Bandiat Tardoire Avenir
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Ratinaud
Area
 • Land1 39.09 km2 (15.09 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 1,558
 • Population2 density 40/km2 (100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 87111 / 87150
Elevation 246–370 m (807–1,214 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Oradour-sur-Vayres (Occitan: Orador (de Vairas)) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-central France.

The massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane occurred based on erroneous intelligence indicating that villagers were holding a German SS officer, who was actually being held in Oradour-sur-Vayres.[1]

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