This week, we present an orphan film, purchased some time ago on eBay by Tony P. in France. The film features a visit to the small French town of Oradour-Sur-Glane, the site of the infamous massacre of 642 people – almost the entire population – by Germans during World War II. The remnants of destruction, seen throughout this film, have remain untouched as a memorial of this catastrophic event.The date of this film is unknown, but judging from the quality of the film and reel I would say it was fairly recently shot – 1980s or 1990s.
See also this photo slideshow with accompanying map for a better sense of the geography of these locations.
Thanks to Tony P. for sending this all the way from France to us in Michigan for inclusion on this site.
Click the “MPEG-2″ link above for a high-resolution version of the film, downloadable via the Internet Archive.