Roger Godfrin in 1953

    Roger Godfrin, born 4th August 1936, died 11th February 2001 and who was 7 at the time of the massacre. I believe that this picture was taken in 1953 at Oradour, which would make him 16 at the time. See also the 1945 group photograph and the 1945 single photograph. It is not obvious in this view, but at that time he had red hair. Roger became an Air Force cadet in the early 1950's. In 1988 he described his survival as, "Just fate, I did like the others did. Cleverer ones died in it. Its just destiny, nothing heroic at all." Notice the snow, which suggests that the photo was taken at about the time of the trial in Bordeaux (January to February 1953).

Roger Godfrin standing outside the church in Oradour
Photo courtesy of Life magazine

 
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