A full account of the war-crime at Oradour-sur-Glane on 10th June 1944
The title of this narrative, In a Ruined State, plays upon the state of the German and French
States, both physical and moral, before, during and after the war, as well as the post war
decision of the French government to preserve the ruins of Oradour, "in
a ruined state" (this quotation comes from the
French Minister of National Education, René
Capitant in November 1944).