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One Day in Oradour

One Day in Oradour

  • Title: One Day in Oradour
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  • ISBN : 9781408182017
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 253 pages


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.


Author Helen Watts

HELEN WATTS has worked in publishing for 25 years, editing, commissioning and producing fiction, non fiction and poetry titles on a wide range of subjects and topics, for readers of all ages, and in all kinds of forms from magazines and books to online publications and interactive resources She has worked for some of the biggest and best publishing houses in the UK, including Scholastic and Hei




One Day in Oradour Reviews (17)

  • 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 appropri [..]

  • 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 [..]

  • 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 [..]

  • 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 [..]

  • 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 [..]

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