Adolf Hitler is portrayed using a sword to kill a Jew in a church stained glass window.
The glass painting of warrior King Hitler inside a Catholic Church in France.
The extraordinary ecclesiastical work of art remained unnoticed for a full 70 years at the St Jacques Church in Montgeron, south of Paris.
If it had been pointed out at the time of its inauguration – in July 1941.
The official version of the Catholic Church, is that the colorful window display“secret french resistance”. As it was, the colorful window clearly depicts a black fringed Hitler as Herod, the infamous biblical King renowned for slaughtering children.
The Catholic Church in France that hailed Hitler.
‘The figure has Hitler’s hair, but his moustache has been hidden behind his arm to avoid serious trouble,’ said Father Dominique Guerin, pastor of the parish.
Now the window is being viewed as a brave symbol of French Resistance during the Occupation of 1940 to 1944.
In the window, Herod is slaughtering St Jacques – French for St James – who represents the Jewish people, using a broadsword.
Local MP Isabelle Bigand-Viviani said:
‘This portrayal of Hitler was an act of artistic and religious resistance. It’s a haunting story showing great nerve on the part of the glassmakers.’