Hébras, Robert

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Hébras, Robert Gender: M
born on 29 June 1925 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Limoges, France, 45n50, 1e16
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: De Jabrun
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 07°14' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 08°52 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 17°34'

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Robert Hébras
photo: Lagi loco (René J. Laglstorfer), license gfdl


French man, one of the six persons who survived after the slaughter, in Oradour-sur-Glane, close to Limoges. On the 10 June 1944, he lost his mother and his sister: 642 people (186 men, 254 women and 207 children) were brutally murdered by the SS.

Robert Hébras was one of the six men who survived the execution with machine guns. The six mentioned persons stayed – partly covered beneath the dead bodies of their buddies – in the barn and pretended to be dead. The SS-Soldiers went on the pile of corpses and shot everyone who was still moving. They set the barn on fire 15 minutes after the execution to cover the tracks of the massacre. Pierre-Henri Poutaraud fled out of the fire too soon and was murdered by a guard positioned near the cemetery.

Because of the fear for their lives the five remaining men waited so long under the burning corpses that they themselves caught fire. Robert Hébras: „My left arm and my hair had already burned. It was a terrible pain; therefore I had to get out of the barn.” Three of five men who managed to escape out of the burning village, were seriously injured by the hail of bullets, including Robert Hébras. One bullet remained stuck in his leg, another touched his wrist.

Half the Hébras family - his mother Marie, his nine-year-old sister Denise, and his 22-year-old sister Georgette - died in the extermination at Oradours. His Father only survived by chance as he happened to be a farm beyond Oradour, as did his sister Leni, who had married and moved away.

After the 10 June 1944, Robert Hébras participated actively in the resistance against Nazism, in the last year of the war he also fought for the French Resistance. In the year 1983, he took part in the lawsuit against one of the assassins of Oradour – Heinz Barth – as a witness in the former GDR. 2003, a documentary movie was published, entitled “Encounter with Robert Hébras - On the trail extinguished life” (“Begegnung mit Robert Hébras - Auf den Spuren ausgelöschten Lebens") by the German filmmaker Bodo Kaiser.

Robert Hébras makes himself particular worthy through the memory and the processing time of National Socialism and through his commitment as a contemporary witness and as a writer. Throughout his lifetime, the former resistance fighter always stood up for the reconciliation between Germany and France.

Despite his old age Robert Hébras still takes tours through the ruins of the martyr village. He is still available for young people – especially schoolchildren, students, volunteers and Holocaust Memorial Servants – for interviews, video projects and works actively at the Centre de la mémoire.

In addition, the trained mechanic held for many years, the office of the chairman of the National Association of families of martyrs and serves to this day as President of the Assembly of former participants of war of Oradour.

Robert Hébras is married, has a son and three grandchildren and lives in Saint-Junien near Oradour.

In March 2008, Robert Hébras was assigned with the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award by the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service at the Austrian embassy in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography (French)


Source Notes

Paddy de Jabrun, acte 20.


  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Mundane : Disasters : Deranged Actions