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


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.

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.(Photo: Dennis Nilsson)

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