Ouradour-Sur-Glane is an example of one of the countless horrors of World War II. Before the SS massacre, the town had a spired church, homes, and charming streets. In retaliation for French dissidence, SS soldiers savagely massacred the French townspeople by burning them alive, crucifying them, marching them into a church that was then blown up, and shooting people who attempted to run away. Former French president Charles de Gaulle ordered that the remains of the destroyed town be preserved and never rebuilt as a memorial to the atrocity of Nazi occupation. Today, the town is covered in ash-covered buildings with burned-out cars and furniture left as they were after the tragedy.