10.6.11

Oradour sur-Glane 10 June 1944

Each year on this day I repost this article as a Memorial to the Dead of Oradure sur-Glane, on a warm June day in 1944...

Two events among many from Second World War have become infamous for Nazis atrocities perpetrated by the SS. Both happened on the same day two years apart. The massacre of Lidice in Bohemia, and Oradour sur-Glane. Although Lidice is remembered by the renaming of towns across the world, Oradour-sur-Glane is only remembered by the French and by we too few historians...

Around 2 p.m. on 10 June 1944, four days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, approximately 150 Waffen-SS soldiers entered the tranquil village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limosin region of south central France. For no apparent reason, Hitler's elite troops destroyed every building in this peaceful village and brutally murdered a total of 642 innocent men, women and children, an unexplained tragedy which has gone down in history as one of the worst war crimes committed by the German army in World War II.

On that beautiful Summer day, the defenseless inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane were rudely dragged out of their homes, including the sick and the elderly, and ordered to assemble on the Fairgrounds on the pretext of checking their identity papers. After all had been assembled, they were forced to wait in suspense with machine guns pointed at them. Then the women were separated from the men and marched a short distance to the small Catholic Church, carrying infants in their arms or pushing them in baby carriages.


The men were then ordered to line up in three rows and face a wall that bordered on the Fairgrounds. A short time later, they were randomly divided into groups and herded into six buildings: barns, garages, a smithy, and a wine storehouse. Around 4 p.m., a loud explosion was heard which was interpreted by the men to be a signal for the SS soldiers to begin firing their machine guns. Most of the men were wounded in the legs and then burned alive when every building in the village was set on fire at around 5 p.m. By some miracle, 6 of the men managed to escape from one of the burning barns and 5 of them survived. They testified in court about this completely unjustified German barbarity against blameless French civilians.

The Oradour church only had a seating capacity of 350 persons, but 245 frightened women and 207 sobbing children were forced inside at gunpoint while the men were still sitting on the grass of the Fairgrounds, awaiting their fate. The women and children were locked inside the church while the SS soldiers systematically looted all the homes in this prosperous farming village. Then around 4 p.m. a couple of SS soldiers carried a gas bomb inside this holy place and set it off, filling the church with a cloud of noxious black smoke. Their intention had been to asphyxiate the women and children in the House of God, but their plan failed.

As the women and children pressed against the doors, trying to escape and struggling to breathe, SS soldiers then entered the crowded, smoke-filled church and fired hundreds of shots at the hapless victims, while other SS men stood outside ready to machine-gun anyone who attempted to escape. The soldiers fired low inside the church in order to hit the small children. Babies in their prams were blown up by hand grenades, filled with gas, that were tossed into the church. Then brushwood and straw was carried into the stone church and piled on top of the writhing bodies of those that were not yet dead. The church was then set on fire, burning alive the women and babies who had only been wounded by the shots and the grenades. The clamour coming from the church could be heard for a distance of two kilometers, according the Bishop's office report.

The fire inside the church was so intense that the flames leaped up into the bell tower; the bronze church bells melted from the heat of the flames and fell down onto the floor of the church. One SS soldier was accidentally killed by falling debris when the roof of the church steeple collapsed.

Only one woman, a 47-year-old grandmother, escaped from the church. Taking advantage of a cloud of smoke, she hid behind the main altar where she found a ladder that had been left there for the purpose of lighting the candles on the altar. Madame Marguerite Rouffanche, the lone survivor of the massacre in the church, managed to escape by using the ladder to climb up to a broken window behind the altar, then leaping out of the window, which was 9 feet from the ground. Although hit by machine gun fire and wounded 4 times in the legs and once in the shoulder, she was able to crawl to the garden behind the presbytery where she hid among the rows of peas until she was rescued, 24 hours later, at 5 p.m. the next day, and taken to the hospital in Limoges where she was admitted under an assumed name. It took a full year for her to recover from her wounds. In 1953, she testified before a French military tribunal in Bordeaux about the massacre of the women and children in the church.

After the war, the village received a citation from the Nation of France, which reads as follows:

"The methodical rounding up, the deliberate massacre of these 700 men, women and children, the systematic destruction of these 328 buildings, is the archetypal example of a French community that suffered under barbarism. A motiveless crime, an unthinking cruelty which did nothing but lift the patriotic fervour of the French people, stiffen their desire for liberation, and add to, if possible, the dishonour of Germany and the disgust it engendered."

The "fateful day" of the massacre was a Saturday. The villagers were looking forward to the Sunday Mass the next day, which was to be the First Communion day for some of the children. As I mentioned in the beginning of this article the 10th of June was also the date of the German destruction of the town of Lidice, two years earlier, in what is now the Czech Republic. At the trial of the perpetrators in 1953, the survivors of Lidice were invited to witness the proceedings, along with the survivors of Oradour-sur-Glane.

Oui, je me souviens...
Brantigny

Other photographs of Oradour sur-Glane may be found here...

9.6.11

Mariage de Louis XIV & de Marie-Thérèse d'Autriche

Mariage de Louis XIV & de Marie-Thérèse d'Espagne.

Mariée à Saint-Jean de Luz avec Louis XIV le Grand de Bourbon, roi de France The handing over to the French the Infanta Maria-Thereza in the Pyrenees.

Louis and Maria Theresa of Spain had six children. However, only one child, the eldest, survived to adulthood: Louis, le Grand Dauphin, known as Monseigneur. Maria Theresa died in 1683, whereupon Louis remarked that she had caused him unease on no other occasion.

Despite evidence of affection early on in their marriage, Louis did not remain faithful to Maria Theresa for long. He took a series of mistresses, both official and unofficial, among them Mademoiselle de La Vallière, Madame de Montespan, and Mademoiselle de Fontanges. Through these liaisons, he produced numerous illegitimate children, most of whom he married to members of cadet branches of the royal family.


Above...Infanta Maria-Thereza ca: 1660
Above...Louis XIV 1661
Louis XIV and his Heirs a portrait by Nicolas de Largillière and a link to the story by Elena Maria Vidal

Dieu Sauve Le Roi!
Dieu Sauve la Reine!

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

WHY CAN'T WOMEN BE PRIESTS?

Brother Tom Forde (OFM Cap) answers this question quite well...


...Actually that's the wrong question. One should ask: why is ordination into the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders restricted to men? The answer requires first answering some other questions such as what is the Sacrament of Holy Orders and what is its relation to the Church?, what is a priest?, who is Christ? and what is the significance of gender to the human person?... Whole posting...

I have asked myself, "Where do we come up with this notion of rights for everything?" When someone is denied Heaven by sin, let them try using that arguement on God.

Thanks to Bro. Tom, from Dublin.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

8.6.11

Ann Coulter Defends the Martyred Queen

...She states that the Queen was not some cold woman, living in lavish luxury and delighting in the plight of the masses but rather compares her to Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. She relates how the Queen was simple in her tastes, concerned about the poor and even broke down some of the class-structure rules at Versailles and invited poor children to the palace to have dinner with her own. She also makes clear that the Queen never said, "Let them eat cake" -a truth which cannot be repeated often enough. Miss Coulter also demolishes other popular misconceptions, such as the storming of the Bastille actually accomplishing anything or that liberty and freedom were actually the result of the Revolution and she spares no details in telling of the many and grotesque horrors visited upon France by the Revolutionaries. more...

With thanks to the Mad Monarchist.

Ann Coulter reads history.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Ste Marie-Antoinette priez pour nous.

The Dancing Nun

I am about to make you sick...


The story of Ana Nobili a lap dancer turned nun is perhaps one of the most unusual religion stories doing the rounds at the moment. The Australian versions of the story in News Ltd publications are very short and focus on the drama of the facts without exploring either her conversion or her past. They are pretty much there to fill the odd and unusual angle.

Some of the British stories go into more depth. The BBC takes her quite seriously and tells more of the story of her conversion. “He is a God who dances not one who stands still,” she tells the BBC. The best coverage is from the London Daily Mail:

Sister Anna added: ‘I really liked my old life. I was at the centre of looks but then I realised I was throwing my life, my body and my sexuality away.

‘The nights were dark, they were filled with evil, with sex and with drugs.’

‘Now I use dance as a form of prayer – through dance I enter into harmony with the Word of God.’

‘I would dance nonstop in another disco. I would even go to places outside Milan, for example, Amsterdam, where I would stay for four or five days.

‘Then one day I went to Assisi and I was struck by how beautiful the sky was.

‘I saw something fluorescent within the clouds, a cascade of colour and I felt the presence of God, the Creator.

‘I started dancing and people were looking at me – I got on the train back to Milan and I felt as if God was in me.

‘It was such an emotional moment – when I looked at myself in the train toilet mirror I didn’t recognise myself.

‘It was a transfiguration – I danced in the club one more night and the men were just looking at me, trying to take me to bed and I knew that was my goodbye.

‘I called my boss and I said to him I found a new clean treasure and it was God.’

Interestingly the News Ltd accounts included an embedded YouTube video. It’s an interview in Italian –even in another language she is delightful and very engaging –and is bookended with dancing scenes the first ones from her disco days and at the end a very bizarre liturgical dance which ends with her sprawled on the floor with a crucifix.
I have not posted it here but you can watch it if you click here.

The monastery to which she was assigned has been closed down.

Pillar of salt.

While I do believe in conversion, and metanoia, this is not a turning away. It is simply a new venue. She does not show disinterestedness in her past, and so I can not take her seriously. We leave the world behind us when we covert, not bring it with us.

Her is a sister who left the world, here.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Le mort de le roi perdu

Louis XVII, enfant, Roi de France et martyr...

...La suite injuste et barbare de ce coup d'État "révolutionnaire", qui tua des centaines de milliers de Français, dont 80% de "petites gens", c'est l'exécution de Louis XVI le 21 janvier 1793, ce Roi adoré par les Français, grand de 1m91, mais grand surtout par son charisme et son amour pour les Français. De la Reine Marie-Antoinette le 16 octobre 1793, et le traitement inhumain d'un enfant arraché à sa mère le 3 juillet 1793, emprisonné pendant près de 2 ans, subissant un traitement outrancier de cruauté, tombant très gravement malade, emmuré pendant 6 mois avant de mourir le 8 juin 1795. Cet enfant, c'était le Roi de France, Louis XVII...
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Naissance du Roi perdu...

"A wound in the History of France" anglais.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

The Government Is Lying To Gay Youth

One day after the Obama administration opened a 2-day LGBT Youth Summit - at which HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the "federal government has finally come out of the closet" - the CDC released the following study:

Students who report being gay or bisexual are more likely than heterosexual students to engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual risk behaviors, suicidal behaviors, and violence, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study reported: “the prevalence among gay or lesbian students was higher than the prevalence among heterosexual students for a median of 63.8% of all the risk behaviors measured, and the prevalence among bisexual students was higher than the prevalence among heterosexual students for a median of 76.0% of all the risk behaviors measured.”

Specifically, gay or lesbian students had higher rates for seven of the 10 health risk categories (behaviors that contribute to violence, behaviors related to attempted suicide, tobacco use, alcohol use, other drug use, sexual behaviors, and weight management).

The study also found that only 1.3% of students self-identified as gay or lesbian at the eight sites where they were asked their “sexual identity.” A median of 3.7% said they were bisexual.

Researchers analyzed data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys conducted during 2001–2009 in seven states and six large urban school districts. These sites collected data on high school students’ sexual identity (heterosexual, gay or lesbian, bisexual, or unsure), sex of sexual contacts (sexual contact with the opposite sex only, with the same sex only, or with both sexes), or both.

The study, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 in Selected Sites—Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States, 2001–2009,” was published as a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary. (Source)
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See, this recent post...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Egyptian activists 'to form Nazi party'

This 65th anniversary of D-Day and the End of World War II, we are being presented with the Arab Spring, lauded by the president. This Arab Spring portends evil however, as the Arab spring is the catylist for a new Nazi party. Many people will not know that after the war many Nazis went to Arab counties ( and here and here)in the middle east and continued there nefarious work against the Jews.

'Al-Masry Al-Youm' report says Facebook pages launched to attract followers; Nazi parties operated secretly in Egypt during Mubarak regime.

A group of Egyptian political activists have announced plans to set up a local version “of the Nazi party,” an Egyptian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Citing a leftist Egyptian news portal, the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily said that “the party’s founding deputy is a former military official,” and that the party would be aimed at bringing “together prominent figures from the Egyptian society.”

The report cited founding member Emad Abdel Sattar as saying that the unestablished party “believes in vesting all powers in the president after selecting him or her carefully,” and that “preparations are under way to choose the most competent person to represent the party.”

Almasry Alyoum added that an Egyptian Nazi party “operated secretly under former President Hosni Mubarak, whose regime prevented party leaders from carrying out their activities freely.”

The newspaper said it could not verify the report, but said it found two Facebook pages that appeared recently under the title of “the Egyptian Nazi Party,” which have so far attracted 70 followers.

Members are “increasing at an unexpected rate, and several people came to ask about the nature of the party and its plans,” the report said.

The party has a one-year plan to develop Egypt – unlike the “marginalized liberal parties, which are like dead bodies,” a source was quoted as saying.

The idea to start it came after some fundamentalist-religious waves emerged, which, according to the source, created a state of chaos, and led to the burning of churches, the destruction of shrines and assaults on unarmed civilians.

Responding to the report, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said Egypt was going through a highly turbulent period, adding that all manner of bizarre individuals were launching Facebook groups and attracting members.

Historically, he said, the German Nazi party saw three attempts to copy it in the Arab world in the 1930s in Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. The Egyptian party of that time was led by former president Anwar Sadat, who went on to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

“They were copying the extreme nationalism of Germany, before the Second World War, and before the word ‘Nazi’ became a coarse word,” Kedar said.

Irrespective of the unconfirmed report on “the Egyptian Nazi party,” Egyptian activists opposed to army rule in Egypt are planning to hold demonstrations on Friday, Kedar noted.

“Egypt is a country of 85 million people. Some activists want a second and a third revolution. No one knows where things are heading yet,” he said.
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We in the United States have had, out in the open, groups expounding Anti-semitism for decades. We have always ridiculed these groups and sometimes shouted them down at their rallies. But.. Anti-semitism has simmered below the surface and is alive today in that most (enlightened? elitist?) liberal of all cities, San Francisco. The bond between Nazis and liberalism should not be a surprise as they are both leftist, but this new attack is so blatant that Julius Striecher* and , Der Sturmer would be proud. Enter the new attack, directed against the the Jews, Foreskin man! Anti-Circumcision groups in a little disgusted effort for governments to create a new set of Nuremberg laws.

This is outrageous:

"Nothing excites Monster Mohel more than cutting into the penile flesh of an eight-day-old infant boy." (from the comic, Foreskin Man 2011)

A movie poster from 1940 entitled "Der Ewige Jude" the eternal Jew. See any similarity? The film is here in English and starts here in German....

We can never allow anti-semitism to rear it's head, "Never Again".

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

A P.J. Tattler article is here..

* What the American Nazis think of Streicher.

Incidently, Ever notice that Iran and Aryan are similar? Same word in different languages. The B'aath party was founded in 1945 and was meant to ressemble the Nazi party.

7.6.11

Changing of the Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier



Never ending respect for our fallen heroes.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

6.6.11

D-Day Omaha Beach



Brantigny

Ici Londres...

During the Second World War, messages were sent from London to the resistance in France via short wave radio. This site in French has recordings of some of these short messages to "friends in France". These messages announced bombings, parachutist, and the invasion. The site my be found here...

Each announcement was begun with the Morse code for V, dot, dot, dot, dash, which sounded like the opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Followed by "Ici Londres...

The invention of these messages is attributed to one Georges Bégué, an officer with the SOE, the British intellegence unit, and was begun in 1942. During the war from 1941 to 1945 there were approxamately 1800 agents in France.

Number 3 and 44 announce the invasion and tells the agents know it will be with in 48 hours...

Vive La France!
Brantigny

June 5 and 6, 1944

It was on this day the president Of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, announced to the country that the day before the Italian capital had fallen to the Allies. The president was going to be busy this week...

June 5, 1944

Address of the President on the Fall of Rome

My Friends:

Yesterday, on June fourth, 1944, Rome fell to American and Allied troops. The first of the Axis capitals is now in our hands. One up and two to go!

It is perhaps significant that the first of these capitals to fall should have the longest history of all of them. The story of Rome goes back to the time of the foundations of our civilization. We can still see there monuments of the time when Rome and the Romans controlled the whole of the then known world. That, too, is significant, for the United Nations are determined that in the future no one city and no one race will be able to control the whole of the world.

In addition to the monuments of the older times, we also see in Rome the great symbol of Christianity, which has reached into almost every part of the world. There are other shrines and other churches in many places, but the churches and shrines of Rome are visible symbols of the faith and determination of the early saints and martyrs that Christianity should live and become universal. And tonight (now) it will be a source of deep satisfaction that the freedom of the Pope and the (of) Vatican City is assured by the armies of the United Nations.

It is also significant that Rome has been liberated by the armed forces of many nations. The American and British armies -- who bore the chief burdens of battle -- found at their sides our own North American neighbors, the gallant Canadians. The fighting New Zealanders from the far South Pacific, the courageous French and the French Moroccans, the South Africans, the Poles and the East Indians -- all of them fought with us on the bloody approaches to the city of Rome.

The Italians, too, forswearing a partnership in the Axis which they never desired, have sent their troops to join us in our battles against the German trespassers on their soil.
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It was also on this day that the landings in Normandy in France were to take place but bad weather postponed the invasion by one day...

Marie-Louise Osmont lived in a chateau overlooking the Normandy beaches with her husband, a physician. The occupying Germans appropriated the home for their own use after invading France in 1940 but allowed the Osmonts to stay in a few rooms. The house stood near the point on the Normandy coast designated for attack by the British forces - Sword Beach. Marie-Louis kept a diary of her experiences.

During the night of June 5-6, 1944, Marie-Louise's sleep is disrupted by the sound of cannon fire and aircraft overhead. The commotion intensifies and the Germans start packing equipment into trucks in preparation of leaving the area. Confused, Marie-Louise is unsure whether the aircraft and gunfire are German or Allied. We join her story as dawn breaks on the 6th of June 1944...


"Little by little the gray dawn comes up., but this time around, from the intensity of the aircraft and the cannon an idea springs to mind: landing! I get dressed hurriedly. I cross the garden, the men recognize me. In one of the foxholes in front of the house, I recognize one of the young men from the office; he has headphones on his ears, the telephone being removed there. Airplanes, cannon right on the coast, almost on us. I cross the road, run to the farm, come across Meltemps. 'Well!' I say, 'Is this it, this time?' 'Yes,' he says, 'I think so, and I'm really afraid we're in a sector that's being attacked; that's going to be something!' We're deafened by the airplanes, which make a never-ending round, very low; obviously what I thought were German airplanes are quite simply English ones, protecting the landing. Coming from the sea, a dense artificial cloud; its ominous and begins to be alarming; the first hiss over our heads. I feel cold; I'm agitated. I go home, dress more warmly, close the doors; I go get Bernice [a neighbor] to get into the trench, a quick bowl of milk, and we run - just in time! The shells hiss and explode continually.

In the trench in the farmyard (the one that was dug in 1940) we find three or four Germans: Leo the cook, his helper, and two others, crouching, not proud except for Leo, who stays outside to watch). We ask them 'Tommy come?" They say yes, with conviction. Morning in the trench, with overhead the hisses and whines that make you bend even lower. For fun Leo fires a rifle shot at a low-flying airplane, but the Spiess[the German Sergeant-Major] appears and chews him out horribly; this is not the time to attract attention. Shells are exploding everywhere, and not far away, with short moments of calm; we take advantage of these to run and deal with the animals, and we return with hearts pounding to burrow into the trench. Each time a shell hisses by too low, I cling to the back of the cook's helper, it makes me feel a little more secure, and he turns around with a vague smile. The fact is that we're all afraid."
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Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny