This picture was taken at the start of the trial in Bordeaux. Even with this rather low quality print it is possible to get a feel for the youth of the defendants, even now, 9 years after the massacre. It is also clear just how cramped the courtroom was for a trial of such national importance and significance. The defendants, their lawyers and guards must have occupied a half of the seating area, leaving not much space for the press and public. The Barre where the defendants stood to give evidence is the curved wood-topped railing in the foreground in front of Paul Graff (the man with the eye patch). The trial lasted from Monday 12th January to Friday 13th February 1953.
© Michael Williams: revised May 2009