Bouchoule Barn in Oradour-sur-Glane
The photo above shows the Bouchoule Barn
on the extreme right, adjacent to a three story building with
a peaked roof. The Bouchoule Barn was one of the killing sites,
where the men of the village were shot and their bodies were
burned. The bodies of a few women and children were also found
in this barn, which is located across the road from the presbytery
next to the church.
In the foreground of the photo above
is the ruins of the building located just north of the buildings
shown at the top of the page. In a book entitled "Oradour,
Village of the Dead," the author, Philip Beck, identified
the ruins in the foreground as the Bouchole Barn. In the background
of the photo above is the building that is identified on a map
in the official guide to the ruins as the Bouchoule Barn. Note
the difference in the spelling of the name. A booklet about the
Permanent Exhibition in the Center of Memory has a map which
also spells the name Bouchole.
The photo below shows the building that
is directly across the road from the church. In this photo, the
Bouchoule barn is to the right, but hidden behind the three story
building. The green sign on this building says "Cordonnier"
which means cobbler or shoemaker. The building right next to
it on the right, which was identified by Philip Beck as the Bouchole
barn, appears to be the ruins of a barn.