Oradour sur Glane: the impossible trialBack to the list
Directors: Antoine Laura
Producer: Grand Angle Productions
Coproducers: France Télévisions
Country of Production: France
We thought we knew everything about the tragedy of Oradour sur Glane: 642 inhabitants exterminated by the SS, a majority of them women and children, a village destroyed by fire, barbarity and incomprehension. We thought we would arrest the guilty. That grieving was possible. However, at the moment of judgment, we discover that the executioners are also victims because in the dock we find a majority of Alsatians who were forcibly enlisted by Hitler’s army. The question of forcible enlistment during World War II falls like a bombshell. The trial for the massacre at Oradour sur Glane takes a fresh turn: in the Press, in Parliament, on the streets and within families we are witness to a confrontation between those who claim the Alsatian accused are not responsible and those who hold them entirely guilty by the fact of their presence within the SS division on that June 10 1944 at Oradour. The families and the survivors of Oradour will learn a costly lesson: the war robbed them of their lives; it also robbed them of their grief.