Five Of The World’s Most Mystifying Ghost Towns

Published January 11, 2013
Updated November 9, 2023
Ghost Towns Oradour-sur-Glane France

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Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Mystifying Ghost Towns Oradour 5

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Beyond the harrowing statistics, World War II will likely persist in human memory for the ages as it represents humanity in its most saturated of forms: the horrific depths to which man may sink for personal gain and the heights to which he might also ascend in his concern for his peers. In Oradour-sur-Glane, though, it’s hard to see anything other than the former. In the summer of 1944, the quiet French village saw the deaths of 642 people–ranging from one week to ninety years old–as well as its partial-razing due to Adolph Hitler’s elite and evil Waffren-SS company.

The town was eventually rebuilt nearby, however then-President Charles de Gaulle insisted that the town’s remains stand as a living memorial for those individuals whose lives were wrongly claimed on that fateful day in June.

Mystifying Ghost Towns Oradour France

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Ghost Towns Oradour Photograph

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Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Cox, Savannah. "Five Of The World’s Most Mystifying Ghost Towns.", January 11, 2013, Accessed June 13, 2024.