WWII memory wall defaced in massacred French village

In a rare show of unity, French politicians from all political views have roundly condemned graffiti denying the Holocaust scrawled on a wall in the village that was the site of the biggest massacre of civilians by World War II occupying Nazis

Officials in Oradour-Sur-Glane, which is near Limoges in central France, threw up a tarp to cover the graffiti that was discovered Friday. The word “Lie” was scrawled on the wall, along with other graffiti, according to the regional paper Le Populaire du Centre. The inscription “Martyr Village” was crossed out.

The Le Figaro newspaper quoted the village's mayor, Philippe Lacroix, as saying that the name of a known Holocaust denier was inscribed on the wall.

"Shame on those who did this,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti tweeted. “All will be done to find and judge those who committed these sacrilegious acts.”

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin denounced the “abject filth” in a Friday night tweet. Prime Minister Jean Castex said the graffiti “dirties the memory of our martyrs.”

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted that “it's time for once and for all ... to stop the recurrence of these acts that hurt us all.”

Troops from the fanatical SS “Das Reich’’ division were responsible for killing 642 villagers on June 10, 1944, herding them into barns and a church and setting the town on fire. While a new village has been built, the ruins of the old town have been cared for as a testimony to Nazi horrors.

The massacre occurred four days after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy. The killings were believed to have been ordered in retaliation for the kidnapping of a German soldier by the French Resistance.