WW2 Massacre Ghost Town To Welcome French And German Presidents

Category: World / Sep 04, 2013 2:51PM EDT

Oradour-sur-Glane, a ghost village in France that was the site of the worst Nazi massacre of civilians conducted on French soil during WW2, was getting ready on Wednesday (September 4), to welcome a historical visit by German President Joachim Gauck alongside French President Francois Hollande.

The village has remained untouched and preserved as a memorial of the 642 people -- including 205 children -- massacred by Nazi troops during World War II.

Gauck is the first German leader to visit Oradour-sur-Glane.

Visitors of the site welcomed the news that a German President was commemorating the massacre, guessing that he would be moved by the visit.

The two presidents were expected to visit the church where the massacre took place.

Organized in view of the fiftieth anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, the ceremony is the highlight of the three-day state visit of German President, in office since 2012.

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