As the brutal Butcher of Lyon
, notorious Nazi Klaus Barbie spent the Second World War torturing children and sending complete families to the death camps.
There was certainly no punishment right after the war: While covering the trial of Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief known as "The Butcher of Lyon
," in 1987 in France, I came across this letter addressed to the court in the 1949 trial of Otto Abetz, the German ambassador to Vichy France, but nothing was done about it at the time.
Jaques Verge offered his legal services to everyone from the Nazi Butcher of Lyon
, Klaus Barbie, to dictator Saddam Hussein and ex-Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.
Forty years later, in 1984, Verges proudly defended former Gestapo captain Klaus Barbie, nicknamed the Butcher of Lyon
for allegedly personally torturing and killing prisoners while stationed in the French city.
Now imagine the amplified tensions that would arise if that neighbor were former Nazi Klaus Barbie, the so-called Butcher of Lyon
, who is estimated to have been directly responsible for the deaths of approximately 4,000 people during the German occupation of France.
During that time, the Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie, known as the Butcher of Lyon
, roamed the streets freely.
The MPs did not realize they were being tricked, even though the invitations were signed by a company named Klaus Barbie, who is a notorious Gestapo member and war criminal, known as the Butcher of Lyon
The 69-year-old, known as the Butcher of Lyon
, was believed to be behind the deaths of more than 4,000 Jews, many of them children, between 1942 and 1944 when he was Gestapo chief in Lyon.
Neither would Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Butcher of Lyon
, have been sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 74.
MAY 11 Klaus Barbie, known as The Butcher of Lyon
, goes on trial in Lyon for alleged World War II crimes MAY 28 West German pilot Mathias Rust, 19, evades Soviet air space, landing a private plane on Red Square in Moscow.
That and the fact that the particular family of Resistance fighters we're supposed to be feeling for lead a pretty swell life, at least until household head Raymond Samuel (Daniel Auteuil) falls into the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the infamous Butcher of Lyon
He calmly ate lunch in the only empty seat - opposite Gestapo officer Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon
, who had just murdered his partner.