Oradaour-sur-Glane Massacre Survivor is Sued over Book, and Wins

German President and French President stand with Robert Hébras at the commemoration of the Oradaour-sur-Glane massacre
German President and French President stand with Robert Hébras at the commemoration of the Oradaour-sur-Glane massacre

 

RFI English shares the story of Robert Hébras. Robert and five others survived the Oradour-sur-Glane massacrein June of 1944. In this massacre, the German regiment killed 642 civilians, with 247 of those being children.

In 1994, Robert published a book about the massacre that suggests that there were French nationals who were drafted willingly into the Nazi regime; even though the men claim other wise.

Memorial groups for the men mentioned in the book have threatened legal action. They also claim that passages were left out of the book in later editions.

In the 2008 releases of the book, those passages were back in the book. The memorial groups sued Robert and the court sided with them. The court ordered him to pay damages to the Memorial groups.

However on October 16, the courts overturned the ruling and stated that the author was not stating a fact, but he was writing from his personal view.