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French ease guilt over revenge killing

The bodies of 17 German soldiers who were executed by the French Resistance during the second world war in an act of revenge for the killings of villagers, were exhumed yesterday from a mass grave in south-west France. The men were shot in 1944 in a field on the outskirts of Saint-Julien-de-Crempse, a village in the Dordogne, in an unsanctioned act of retribution for the deaths of 17 residents at the hands of German soldiers. Villagers and German officials returned to the meadow yesterday to recover the corpses from a burial site whose location had long been a secret. It took just over six hours to remove their remains, in a sober ceremony which evoked uncomfortable memories. For decades no-one has been willing to speak about the affair and it was only the uneasy conscience of one of the Resistance fighters who helped capture the Germans that led to the revelation of the grave’s existence. Full Story

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