Vandals scrawled Holocaust denying graffiti on a wall in the village which was the site of the largest Nazi massacre of civilians in France during World War II.
The Minister of Justice on Saturday promised to bring those responsible to justice.
Officials from Oradour-sur-Glane, near Limoges in central France, put up a tarp to cover the graffiti discovered on Friday on the wall at the entrance to the Memory Center (Remembrance Center). The word “lie” was scrawled on the wall, along with other graffiti, according to the regional newspaper Le Populaire du Center. The inscription ” Martyr Village»Was crossed out.
“Shame on those who did that,” tweeted Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti. “Everything will be done to find and judge those who have committed these sacrilegious acts.”
The Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, denounced Friday evening the “abject dirt”, while the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, declared that the graffiti “dirties the memory of our martyrs”.
Troops from the fanatical SS “Das Reich” division killed 642 villagers on June 10, 1944, gathering them in barns and a church and setting the town on fire. While a new village was built, the ruins of the old town remained intact as a testament to the Nazi horrors.
The massacre took place four days after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy. The killings were reportedly ordered in retaliation for the kidnapping of a German soldier by the French resistance.