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Orador de Glana  (Occitan)
Oradour-sur-Glane Town Hall
Oradour-sur-Glane Town Hall
Coat of arms of Oradour-sur-Glane
Coat of arms
Location of Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour-sur-Glane is located in France
Oradour-sur-Glane is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 45°55′58″N 1°01′57″E / 45.9328°N 1.03250°E / 45.9328; 1.03250Coordinates: 45°55′58″N 1°01′57″E / 45.9328°N 1.03250°E / 45.9328; 1.03250
IntercommunalityVienne Glane
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Lacroix
38.16 km2 (14.73 sq mi)
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
87110 /87520
Elevation227–312 m (745–1,024 ft)
(avg. 285 m or 935 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Oradour-sur-Glane (Occitan: Orador de Glana) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in west-central France, as well as the name of the main village within the commune.


The original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a company of troops belonging to the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, a Waffen-SS unit of the military forces of Nazi Germany. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site, but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial. The Centre de la mémoire d'Oradour museum is located beside the historic site.

Personalities linked to the commune[edit]

  • Robert Hébras, born on 29 June 1925 in Oradour-sur-Glane; one of the six survivors of the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre on 10 June 1944.
  • Jean-Claude Peyronnet, (1940–), French politician, creator of the Centre of the Memory of Oradour-sur-Glane.
  • Sébastien Puygrenier began his football career at US Oradour-sur-Glane where his father and his uncles played
  • Didier Barbelivien, French singer-songwriter, pays tribute to Oradour by his song "Les amants d'Oradour".


The municipality borders with Javerdat, Cieux, Peyrilhac, Veyrac, Saint-Victurnien and Saint-Brice-sur-Vienne.


Population over time[2]
1806 1820 1876 1901 1911 1921 1936 1946 1954
1,222 1,585 1,903 1,966 2,019 1,789 1,574 1,145 1,450
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2008 2012
1,540 1,671 1,759 1,941 1,998 2,024 2,118 2,222 2,375



  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques. "Population of Oradour-sur-Glane from 1806 to 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2011.[permanent dead link]


  • Farmer, Sarah. Martyred Village: Commemorating the 1944 Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane. University of California Press, 2000.
  • Fouché, Jean-Jacques. Massacre At Oradour: France, 1944; Coming To Grips With Terror, Northern Illinois University Press, 2004.
  • Penaud, Guy. La "Das Reich" 2e SS Panzer Division (Parcours de la division en France, 560 pp), Éditions de La Lauze/Périgueux. ISBN 2-912032-76-8

See also[edit]

  • Quneitra, Syrian city destroyed by Israeli forces and left as an open-air museum
  • Lidice, Czech Rupublic village destroyed by Nazi forces in 1942

External links[edit]

Media related to Oradour-sur-Glane at Wikimedia Commons