Das Reich at Château de Valençay 1944?

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Das Reich at Château de Valençay 1944?

Postby Marcus Wendel » 07 Apr 2012 11:06

Does anyone have any additional information on the below event at Château de Valençay? Thanks.

The quote is from is from page 288 in "The rape of Europa: The fate of Europe's treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War" by Lynn H. Nicholas.
Lynn H. Nicholas wrote:Valençay, where the great Louvre sculptures were stored, was visited by elements of the SS division "Das Reich" [...] There were looking for resisters who had skirmished with a German tank column a few days before in and around the stables of the cast château. The Louvre guards were marched out of the building and forced to lie down on the lawn while the SS fired at the windows. Directory Gerald van der Kemp defiantly asked them if they wanted to be responsible for the loss of the Venus de Milo, When fire broke out in the château, the SS commander assured van der Kemp that the guards could go to put it out, but when they stood up they were sprayed with machine-gun fire, and one was killed.


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Re: Das Reich at Château de Valençay 1944?

Postby Rob - wssob2 » 23 Apr 2012 13:38

Hi Marcus - the incident is also mentined documented on p.40 of James Pontolillo's Murderous Elite: The Waffen-SS and its Complete Record of War Crimes (Leandoer & Ekholm, 2009) Pontolillo mentions one personed killed by the SS during the incident, a member of the museum staff.

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Re: Das Reich at Château de Valençay 1944?

Postby Marcus Wendel » 29 Apr 2012 09:50

Thanks Rob, I will check my copy.

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Re: Das Reich at Château de Valençay 1944?

Postby PATRICK CHARRON » 29 Apr 2012 21:17

Hi,

I translate this from french:

"During WWII it was a place to drop weapons and supplies for the guerrillas hiding in the forests of Gâtines and Garsanland.
On 16 August 1944, it suffered especially of German reprisals. Coming from Romorantin, the SS sought a wounded partisan.. They visited the hospital run by the sisters, who did believe this was a motherhood.
They took hostages and set the city blood and fire.
Eight people were killed, some forty buildings whose post office and the workhouse, but the castle was saved by the German origins of the Duke of Valençay and curator of the Louvre who could negotiate.
Firefighters from Chateauroux, Vatan and Issoudun were called in to extinguish thefires which lasted several days."
Source : http://www.valencay.fr

Another link
http://www.le-prince-de-talleyrand.fr/kemp.html
Here, the curator does not mention person killed in this French version, which otherwise similar to that of Lynn Nicholas.

In fact, there is no proof that division Das Reich was involved in these events.

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Patrick


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