Posted on June 12, 2018
Almost exactly 74 years ago today, on 10th June 1944, a company of SS troops massacred 642 residents – mostly women and children – of the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in the Haute-Vienne département of south-west France.
Since then, the site has been maintained as a memorial and museum, left to age unaltered, the buildings weathering and walls collapsing.
Posted on January 18, 2018
This weathered sign can be found in the nearby open-air memorial of Oradour-sur Glane, a village where over 600 inhabitants – mostly women and children – were massacred by German troops in June 1944.
Posted on December 21, 2017
As this will be the last instalment of Thursday Doors in 2017, with Norm taking a well-earned festive break until 11 January, it seemed like an appropriate time to review some of my personal favourites that have been posted here over the last twelve months.
With the exception of my ‘official’ Door of the Year these are in no particular order of preference and are just placed chronologically. A full ranking of the 300 or so doors that I’ve put up here in 2017 wouldn’t be possible but would be pointless.
This first one – a striking and well-cared for door in the town of Saint Junien – appeared last February. You could hardly miss that mustard-yellow paint.
By way of contrast, in March I started posting doors from the town of Confolens. This was one of the first I came across on my initial excursion and it’s hardly been bettered.
Both Confolens and Saint Junien are about a 30 minute drive from here at Tranquility Base, but this third door, from June, is much closer – a mere ten minutes away in the village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. It’s irresistibly bijou
It’s not just France that has interesting doors. This elaborate example, originally posted in July, can be found in Rodney Street, Liverpool:
In September I made another visit to the national monument of Oradour-sur-Glane, where this door can be found in the church:
However, this is my personal choice for Door of the Year 2017. Posted in October it’s to be found in the medieval village of Saint Cirq Lapopie and I’ve never seen anything like it as an example of making the door fit the hole:
Thursday Doors 21 December 2017
Posted on September 21, 2017
As noted last week, there are solid reasons why there aren’t very many actual doors left in Oradour-sur-Glane, but the gates have stood the test of time rather more succesfully. Here’s a selection.
Thursday Doors 21 September 2017
Posted on September 14, 2017
Oradour-sur-Glane is a place not very far from here that I’ve visited many times, and I’ve featured images from it in several other posts on this blog.
You can find out more about it here, but suffice it to say that it’s a permanent – and very powerful – memorial to a war crime perpetrated in June 1944.
Given this background, it’s not surprising to hear that there are very few doors left to show, but there are enough to provide hopefully an interesting and enlightening contribution to Thursday Doors.
This was the butcher’s shop:
And this the boulangerie (bakers). The sign on the left says “Here were found two charred corpses”
The village had been there for a long time, as you can see from this ironwork above a doorway on the main street:
This door is in the church:
This barn lies behind the church. Given its reasonable condition, I suspect it is used as a depot for site maintenance:
Finally. this is the heavy bronze door that leads to a crypt in the cemetery which houses a museum dedicated to the victims:
Thursday Doors 14 September 2017
Posted on December 31, 2016
The village of Oradour-sur-Glane is a national monument in France. In June 1944 a battalion of the German SS massacred over 600 men, women and children here. It has been left just as it was in the aftermath of that atrocity for over seventy years.
Walls have collapsed, wooden furniture has long rotted away, but metal objects are more resilient and still survive, despite being exposed to the elements for over half a century.
Posted on June 15, 2016
This open book, suspended in mid-air, was part of an artistic installation in the Visitor Centre at the Oradour-sur-Glane memorial. If books survive, and they can still be opened, then perhaps there is some hope in that.