Photo: French and German presidents visit scene of Oradour-sur-Glane massacre

Published 06 September 2013

France's President Francois Hollande, left, and German President Joachim Gauck, right, walk with Robert Hebras, 88, one of the last survivors of the World War II Oradour-sur-Glane's massacre, as they visit the ruins of the church, in Oradour-sur-Glane, southwestern France, on Wednesday 4 September 2013. Holding hands in quiet tribute, the presidents of Germany and France were visiting the scene of the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France nearly seven decades ago. Wednesday's visit by German President Joachim Gauck to the southwestern French town of Oradour-sur-Glane was the first by a serving German leader.

(Photo: Dennis Nilsson)
The main street in Oradour-sur-Glane where 642 inhabitants were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company on 10 June 1944.
(Photo: Dennis Nilsson)
The church in Oradour-sur-Glane, where the women and children were locked up and burnt to death. A total of 247 women and 205 children were killed. Those who tried to escape were met with machine gunfire. Only one woman, 47-year-old Marguerite Rouffanche, survived.


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