I've visited Oradour twice and it is a really very moving place, walking through its quiet streets with the tram track still in place always gets to me, seeing the Doctors car in the square where he parked in an attempt to stop what was happening or the names of the families on the burnt out houses and the number of people who died in, or from each house. But for me the most moving is the Village Church seeing all those MG bullets across the walls and the childrens photo's on the graves. But we mustn't forget the other villages near Oradour that also suffered at the hands of Das Reich during this march North, locals being hung from lamp posts etc.
Its sad to say but in the East this sort of thing had become the norm many hundreds of villages and towns were wiped out. The Das Reich were rebuilding in France after recent action in the East and its said the mind set saw this as normal 'no quarter given'. For them before Oradour the French Resistance fighters had attacked them every day to delay them reaching the Normandy front but after Oradour they were not attacked again, accept by Allied aircraft. The reprisal cost was too high a price to pay. This inhumantry and the terror they created by this atrocity created the result they wanted, free passage all the way to Normandy.
Max Hastings book 'Das Reich' covers this march North the ambushes and reprisals and is also worth a read.
They'll never be forgotten.