Sewing machines in the ruins

The photo above shows an old treadle sewing machine with an iron pot behind it. This type of sewing machine was operated by a foot pedal and did not require electricity.

Oradour-sur-Glane has become a symbol for the innocent French people, who through no fault of their own, were targeted by the German barbarians. The SS version of the story is that the villagers were killing German soldiers in illegal guerilla warfare, including the village women who were allegedly fighting in the Communist resistance movement. Nothing shows the innocence of the Oradour-sur-Glane women more than the many sewing machines found among the ruins; the women were spending their time in domestic pursuits and had no interest in the war going on all around them.

The photo below shows a sewing machine that has been placed on a window sill near the street. Earlier photos taken in the village show that the sewing machines have been moved around over the years.

The village of Oradour-sur-Glane, which was destroyed by Waffen-SS soldiers in Hitler's elite army on 10 June 1944, has been preserved in a ruined state, just as it was found by horrified residents returning to the village on June 11th, after being gone on the day of the massacre.

When I visited the village in October 2004, it was my impression that the ruins have been picked clean by souvenir hunters during the 60 years that the village has been a tourist attraction. Only the sewing machines and a few other objects of no value are left now.

The photo above shows the interior of one of the ruined buildings and the empty shells of other buildings in the background. In the foreground of the photo above is an old sewing machine, one of many that has been placed strategically among the ruins. It seems that almost every household in the village had a sewing machine.



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