The altar and windows

    The window through which Madame Rouffanche jumped to escape is the lower middle one. This window is about 10 feet above the floor level and she reached it by means of a set of wooden steps which were kept behind the altar and used to light the church candles. This photograph was taken in late June 1998 and the flowers on the floor were left over from the annual 10th of June remembrance service. Notice that the roof has entirely gone, but the outline of where it was keyed into the masonry can still be clearly seen. The lady is 5 feet 4 inches (172cm) tall and is there to give a sense of scale. 

Altar in church at Oradour

 

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Michael Williams: revised February 2004