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Reviews for Silent Village

" of the most astonishing achievements in the historiography of Occupied France [...] a triumph of detailed research and historical insight and empathy. [A] brilliant reconstruction of lives and relationships before the horror struck."

Rod Kedward, author of In Search of the Maquis

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‘Based on eye-witness accounts, Robert Pike’s moving book vividly depicts the lives of the villagers who were caught up in the tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane and brings their experiences to our attention for the first time’

Hanna Diamond, author of Fleeing Hitler

Robert Pike has produced a highly readable and fascinating account of French life under the Occupation, illuminating through the tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane one of the darkest moments in France’s dark years.


Chris Millington, author of France in the Second World War: Collaboration, Resistance, Holocaust, Empire                                     

Exactly the kind of micro-history relating to Occupation and Resistance that needs to be done...Still more, it is a remarkable social and cultural case-study

Rod Kedward, author of In Search of the Maquis


The village of Oradour-sur-Glane and its museum, the Centre de la Mémoire, is open to the public all year round. It is found twenty kilometres to the west of Limoges in Haute-Vienne, France.

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