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Subject: Oradour-sur-Glane, Blanzac, Haute-Vienne, Augne, Aixe-sur-Vienne, Berneuil, Haute-Vienne
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Oradour-sur-Vayres is located in France
Country France
Region Limousin
Department Haute-Vienne
Arrondissement Rochechouart
Canton Oradour-sur-Vayres
Intercommunality Bandiat Tardoire Avenir
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Ratinaud
Area1 39.09 km2 (15.09 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,558
 • 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]

See also


  1. ^ Time magazine World Battlefronts: Murder at Oradour Monday, Jul. 24, 1944
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