[Ebook] One Day in Oradour By Helen Watts – Anguillais.us

One Day in Oradour On A Hot Summer Afternoon In 1944, SS Troops Wiped Out An Entire French Village 644 Men, Women And Children Died That Day Just One Child Survived This Book Tells The Story Of What Happened In Oradour, And Imagines What Drove Both The SS Officer Who Ordered The Massacre, And The Seven Year Old Boy Who Escaped It.

[Ebook] One Day in Oradour  By Helen Watts – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 253 pages
  • One Day in Oradour
  • Helen Watts
  • English
  • 18 June 2019
  • 9781408182017

    10 thoughts on “[Ebook] One Day in Oradour By Helen Watts – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    Astounding I knew nothing about this true story It s horrifying A sleepy French village is waiting out the war, far from the action, until a rogue SS officer decides to wreak vengeance for a Resistance attack and 640 innocent, unarmed people died This is a YA title, technically, but it s as appropriate for adults as anyone The author gives us the viewpoint character of a small boy who survives the massacre, and of the SS officer who perpetrated it It s fictionalised, so the real people are given different names so the author isn t presuming to tell us what the real people thought and did, but rather telling the true story through the lens of her imagination That sounds much complicated than it is But I hate history that pretends to know exactly what a real person thought, and this method was both effective and sensitive, in my view This is an incredibly moving read and an important one Oradour shouldn t be forgotten It is...


  2. says:

    The events at Oradour must be remembered and Helen Watts has had the opportunity to give a fresh voice to a terrible and inhuman event which many are unaware of I feel very uncomfortable only giving this book two stars, but my concern is that this has been a missed opportunity to reach a young adult readership who would respond with sensitivity to this story This story is described as being for older readers, but is written in a style which is too simplistic and cliched and will not engage the ...


  3. says:

    I don t know how this came to my attention on , but having been to, heard the history of, and been quite stunned by Oradour,I had to give it a read.A fictionalized account, based quite a lot on the story of the survivors, and then some extra passing on the Germans, it goes some way to explaining the place.Being a teenage book, it lacks too much gra...


  4. says:

    I didn t realise when I downloaded this to my kindle that it is a book targeted at young adults It is as might be expected very much akin to Michael Morpurgo s style and I see that he is one of Helen Watts favourites It s certainly a quick and easy read and a page turner I m not sure why though the author changed...


  5. says:

    Anyone who remembers the 1970 s T.V Series The World at War narrated by Sir Lawrence Olivier will recall the opening and closing sequences of the French Village Oradour sur Glane What took place there ended up as one of the worst atrocities of the Second World War Before I begin my review I must add that I have read many historical accounts of WW2 so I knew of what took place in Oradour sur Glane and what the author was bringing to our attention One Day in Oradour is a compelling story based around the sheer horror of a village that was wiped out one beautiful Summer Saturday afternoon 14th June 1944 The plot of the story is of a family that believe they have found a safe haven in Oradour after having to leave their family home in Charly Fully aware of what the invading German army would do if they found them the young 7 year old Alfred Fournier was told to run and hide in the cemetery The plot unfolds after a senior German Officer is taken by the resistance and is then subsequently murdered The Germans decided that a brutal crackdown.Oradour sur Glane was a peaceful French village that the German army had left alone as it was relatively peaceful...


  6. says:

    This book is based on a shocking historical event that occurred in a small French village in 1944 when virtually the entire population including 206 children were massacred by the SS Before you read the first page of the book, we are given this information so we know what the book is about and how it will end However, Watts manages to build up tension and suspense throughout the book even though we know the ending She does this by telling the story over two days and through different characters eyes Parts of the story are told through the eyes of the SS commander whose own back story is full of sadness and tragedy parts are told through the villagers eyes and parts for me, the most powerful are told through a seven year old boy s eyes who gives us an insight into the innocence and love of many of the people who live there which of course makes the massacre, when it happens, all the horrifying Telling the story over two days is also effective as Watts keeps the pace building and we, as readers who know the ending, are very aware that time is running out for the villagers with whom we have got to know She interweaves their stories with the SS commander s story and as the end approaches we feel as powerless as the villagers themselves to stop the inevitable from happening Watts does not protect us fr...


  7. says:

    This is a book worth reading It tells the story of the massacre, and the word is appropriate, of a village in France in June nineteen forty four, Its told from the points of view of victims, especially a small boy, and of the officer commanding the troops who carried out the atrocity I found the style a little simplistic at first, and there were a few...


  8. says:

    This is a book based on a gut wrenching true story, a horrendous event that took place on June 10th 1944 I visited this village and it has remained with me for ever To think that one man, leading a group of soldiers could inflict such horror on so many is unbelievable.This book is clever, it reads like simplistic fiction yet it is really a well written f...


  9. says:

    I very rarely write a review but feel this book deserves one I personally enjoyed the authors style of writing and despite the content enjoyed the book I found it a deeply touching subject and one I hadn t heard of before It would have been easy f...


  10. says:

    Historical fiction, but I m not sure what the point was of changing the real life names of the characters.Young adult fiction Young adults are reading at a pretty low level I thought it was for older children.If you don t know the story, it s a go...

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