Bibliography

for Oradour-sur-Glane 10th June 1944

 

Books and videos covering Oradour

Books and videos on the Second World War and SS

Newspaper sources for the Trial at Bordeaux in 1953

Books on the Vichy State

Books on the War in the East

Papers from the Public Record Office at Kew

 

Sewing machine in ruined  house at Oradour-sur-Glane
Sewing machine in ruined house at Oradour

Note that all title spellings shown below are from the publications themselves

Books and videos covering Oradour

The following books and videos provide a good range of background material in English (or with English sub-titles) from various points of view and are either specifically about Oradour, or contain material which is relevant in the context of understanding the events that led up to 10 June 1944.

  • Oradour, un film de Michel Follin et Marc Wilmart. (VHS video and now from 2010 on DVD also) This is a film made by Follin and Wilmart in 1988 and is in two one-hour parts, neither of which offers any real explanation or gives much by way of background as to why the event occurred. For most of the two parts, the video consists of interviews with survivors and their relatives. It gives a valuable oral history of the massacre and how it has affected the living. Part 1 is called, Les voix de la douleur (The voices of grief) and Part 2 is, Aujourd'hui la mémoire (The memory today). Both parts are on the same video-cassette and are available from the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour-sur-Glane. The cassette is produced in VHS format to the following standards: NTSC, PAL and SECAM, it is in French with English sub-titles. The cost in 2002 was about €20. It is now (from 2010) available as a DVD for the same price.
  • Oradour, retour sur un massacre. (DVD) Directed by: Christophe Weber. DVD (Region2) copies can be purchased from the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour for 20. The program is in French, lasts for 52 minutes and since 2006 has both French and English sub-titles (see English transcript). It can also be purchased directly from Sunset Presse at: 98 route de la Reine, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Telephone: +33 (0)1 4131 6565 Fax: +33 (0)1 4131 6560. Email: sunsetpresse@sunsetpresse.fr (I believe that they can also supply the programme on VHS tape).
  • Une vie avec Oradour. (DVD) Directed by Patrick Séraudie. DVD (Region 2) copies can be purchased from the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour-sur-Glane for €20. The program is in French, but has sub-titles in both English and German for the main part of 84 minutes length, but not for the 35 minute supplemental testimony of Jacqueline Pinède and Martial Brissaud. The main part of the film is concerning the testimony of Robert Hébras and (to a lesser extent) Jean-Marcel Darthout. First produced in 2012.
  • Oradour-sur-Glane a vision of horror. By: Guy Pauchou & Dr. Pierre Masfrand. Published by: The Remembrance Committee and the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Oradour-sur-Glane. No ISBN code. Available from the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour.
  • Oradour-sur-Glane. The Tragedy Hour by Hour. By Robert Hébras. Published by: Editions C.M.D. ISBN 2-909826-14-7 Available from the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour.
  • Understand Oradour-sur-Glane Drama. By Robert Hébras. Published by: Editions C.M.D. ISBN 2-909826-17-1 (the English language version available in 2000 was of a very poor standard of translation and it is no longer available from the Centre de la Mémoire).
  • Centre of Remembrance for Oradour. By, unknown author. Published by: Centre de la Mémoire, Oradour. ISBN 0-/1999. Available from the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour, cost (in 2003) 3-50
  • Oradour massacre and aftermath. By: Robin Mackness. Published by: Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-1962-5
  • Secret Treasure, Secret Power. The True Story of the web of gold. (the book's cover gives the title as, The True History of the Web of Gold, but inside History changes to Story). By: Robin Mackness and Guy Patton. Published by Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 0-330-37351-X
  • Das Reich .. The march of the 2nd SS-Panzer Division through France. By: Max Hastings. Published by: Holt Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 0-8050-1407-1
  • Das Reich - 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich - Drive to Normandy June 1944. By: Philip Vickers. Published by: Leo Cooper. ISBN 0-85052-699-X
  • Oradour village of the dead. By: Philip Beck. Published by: Leo Cooper. ISBN 0-85052-252-8
  • Oradour the death of a village. By: Philip Beck. Published by: Pen and Sword Military. ISBN 1 84415 100 X (published 2004)
  • Comrades to the End. By: Otto Weidinger. Published by: Schiffer. ISBN 0-7643-0593-X
  • Tulle and Oradour a Franco-German Tragedy. By: Otto Weidinger. Published by: privately published no ISBN code. In both the original German by Weidinger and translated into English by Colin B. Newberry.
  • Madness at Oradour. By: Jens Kruuse. Published by: Secker & Warburg. SBN 436-23700-8 (Note that the code quoted in my copy of the book is an, "SBN" not an "ISBN" number.)
  • Martyred Village. By: Sarah Farmer. Published by: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21186-3
  • Oradour-sur-Glane: The slaughter of our village. By André Desourteaux and Robert Hébras (this is the English language version of the book). Published by: L'Imprimerie de l'Ouest - La Rochelle. ISBN 2-84702-180-9. Cost (in 2007) €26-00
  • Massacre at Oradour, France 1944. By Jean-Jacques Fouché. (this is the English translation of the book by David Sices and James B. Atkinson) Published by: Northern Illinois University Press. ISBN 0-87580-601-5
  • Oradour the final verdict - The anatomy and aftermath of a massacre. By Douglas W. Hawes. Published by: Author House. ISBN 978-1-4259-8654-4 (sc) ISBN: 978-4259-8655-1 (hc)

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Books and videos on the Second World War and SS

The following video and books provide background material to the SS and the Second World War (in Europe).

  • The World at War. (video and DVD) This is the 1974 programme released by Thames Television in 1974 as a 26-part documentary on the history of World War II, each episode lasts for 52 minutes. It was produced by Jeremy Isaacs with narration by Laurence Olivier and original music by Carl Davis. The opening sequence of the first episode and the closing of the last, feature Oradour-sur-Glane with a voice-over by Laurence Olivier (the choral music played at the end of the last episode as the camera pans over Oradour, is the Kyrie from the St Nicholas Mass by Haydn).
  • Waffen-SS, Hitler's black guard at war. By: Christopher Ailsby. Published by: Parragon. ISBN 0-75252-833-5
  • In perfect formation, SS ideology and the SS-Junkerschule-Tölz. By: Jay Hatheway. Published by: Schiffer. ISBN 0-7643-0753-3
  • The SS: Hitler's Instrument of terror. By: Gordon Williamson. Published by: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 0-283-06206-1
  • Loyalty is my Honour. By: Gordon Williamson. Published by: Brown Packaging Books. ISBN 1-84100-035-3
  • Himmler Reichsführer SS. By: Peter Padfield. Published by: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-40437-8
  • Signal Officers of the Waffen-SS. By: John P. Moore. Published by: J.P.Moore Publishing, Portland Oregon 97062. ISBN 0-9648509-1-5
  • Hitler Warned Us. By: John Laffin. Published by: Brassey's. ISBN 1-85753-103-5
  • Hitler. By. John Toland. Published by: Wordsworth. ISBN 1-85326-676-0
  • Hitler (1889-1936 Hubris). By: Ian Kershaw. Published by: The Penguin Press. ISBN 0-713-99047-3
  • Hitler (1936-1945 Nemesis). By: Ian Kershaw. Published by: The Penguin Press. ISBN 0-713-99229-8
  • Encyclopaedia of the Third Reich. By: Louis L. Snyder. Published by: Wordsworth. ISBN 1-85326-684-1
  • The Nazis: A Warning from History. By: Laurence Rees. Published by BBC Worldwide Ltd. ISBN 0-563-38704-1
  • War of the Century. By: Laurence Rees. Published by: BBC Worldwide Ltd. ISBN 0-563-38477-8
  • The SS: Alibi of a Nation 1922-45. By: Gerald Reitlinger. Published by: Da Capo Press (May 1989). ISBN 0-306-80351-8
  • Interrogations: The Nazi elite in Allied hands 1945. By: Richard Overy. Published by: The Penguin Group (in 2001). ISBN 0-713-99350-2
  • Until the Final Hour, Hitler's last Secretary. By: Traudl Junge. Translated into English by: Anthea Bell. Published by: Weidenfield & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-84720-1
  • History of the SS. By G.S. Graber. Published by: Granada Publishing Limited in Mayflower Books 1980. ISBN 0-261-66434-4
  • Waffen-SS Encyclopedia. By Marc J. Rikmenspoel. Published by: The Military Book Club 2004. ISBN 10: 0-9717650-8-1 and 13: 978-0-9717650-8-5

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Newspaper sources for the trial at Bordeaux in 1953

The following sources provide further material about the trial at Bordeaux in 1953.

  • British Newspapers. The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror. The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, Manchester Guardian and The Daily Express from January to March 1953.
  • American newspaper. New York Times from January to March 1953.

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Books on the Vichy State

The following sources provide background material concerning the Vichy State from 1940 to 1944 and its aftermath.

  • The Vichy Regime 1940-44. By: Robert Aron. (English translation by Humphrey Hare). Published by: Putnam. No ISBN quoted in my copy.
  • Vichy Boyhood. By Pascal Jardin (English translation by Jean Stewart). Published by: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0 571 10739 7
  • The Resistance versus Vichy. By: Peter Novick. Published by: Chatto & Windus Ltd. ISBN 7011 1345 6
  • Pétain's Crime. By: Paul Webster. Published by: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-46913-5

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Books on the War in the East

The following sources provide background material concerning the War in the East.

  • Russia's War. By: Richard Overy. Published by: The Penguin Press. ISBN 0-713-99223-9
  • Barbarossa: The Russian German conflict 1941-45. By Alan Clarke. Published by: William Morrow & Co; ; Reissue edition (June 1985). ISBN 0-688-04268-6

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Papers from the Public Record Office at Kew

The following sources provide material from the Public Record Office in Kew, Richmond, Surry, England.

  • Report No. PWIS(H)/KP/113 - SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 4 "Der Führer" - Kempton Park Camp 7 July 1944.
  • Report No. PWIS(H)/LDC/406 - Report on interrogation of PW KP 104909 SS-Sturmann Fritz EHLEV
     
 
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