Grave of Marguerite Rouffanche

The photo above shows the Cemetery at Oradour-sur-Glane with the grave of Madame Marguerite Rouffanche in the foreground on the left. In the background on the right is the ancient Lantern for the Dead and behind it the Ossuary for the ashes of the unidentified massacre victims. In contrast to the other graves in the cemetery which are richly decorated with porcelain objects and photos, the gray marble grave of Madame Rouffanche is simple and unadorned.

Madame Rouffanche was the only survivor of the massacre of the women and children in the Oradour-sur-Glane church. She escaped by jumping from a window of the church that was 9 feet from the ground. Although shot 5 times by the soldiers who were guarding the church, she managed to crawl around the Presbytery to the garden behind the church, where she hid among the rows of peas until she was found at 5 p.m. the next day.

Madame Rouffanche was 47 years old at the time of the massacre. In 1953 she moved into a house near the town hall in the new city of Oradour-sur-Glane. She continued to mourn the loss of her whole family until she died at the age of 90.

A photo of the church with the window that she jumped out of is shown below. It is the middle window that is flanked by two narrow windows.

Hebras family grave

Memorial plaques

Lantern for the Dead


The Crypt

Ossuary and bones