The confessional box in the
The photo above shows the confession
box, which is still in pristine condition in the ruined church,
despite the fact that the church was set on fire, burning the
women and children alive, according to the official story.
The photo below shows the transept on
the left side where the wooden confessional box is located. Behind
the wall is the front door of the church. Note the damage on
the arch of the transept. The melted bells are located to the
left of this view and very close to the confessional. The great
mystery of the massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane is why the confessional
box did not suffer any damage from the fire that melted the church
bells in the tower. The bodies of two boys were found in the
confessional; they had been shot in the neck.
The transept where the wooden confessional
box is located is on the left side as you face the main altar.
Notice the stone construction of the vaulted ceiling. The confessional
has a center door, behind which the priest sat to hear confessions.
A person making a confession would kneel in one of the two open
sections on either side.
According to a book entitled "Oradour
Village of the Dead" by British author Philip Beck, one
of the side altars was called the Chapel of St. Anne. Beck quoted
Limoges journalist Pierre Poitevin as saying that the infants
in their prams and push chairs were placed in the Chapel of St.
Anne; he had obtained this information from an interview with
Madame Rouffanche while she was recovering from her wounds in
the hospital. My guess is that the Chapel of St. Anne is in the
right transept, because the left transept was almost completely
undamaged, but none of the babies survived. Allegedly babies
in their prams were blown up by hand grenades tossed into the
church, but the present condition of the inside of the church
shows very little damage.