"Butcher of Lyon
" Klaus Barbie, the 73-year-old ex-Gestapo chief, was sentenced to life in jail for crimes against humanity.
During Gudrun's time with Stille Hilfe the group has eased the way into society for many Nazi war criminals, including Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo Butcher of Lyon
, and Erich Priebke, SS murderer of Italian partisans.
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 fact is I've been haunted for years by a line from Hotel Terminus, Max Ophul's movie about Klaus Barbie, the infamous "Butcher of Lyon
," that went like this: "Only Jews and old Nazis are interested in Jews and old Nazis." If this is trueand in large part I believe it isthen the audience for Holocaust films is even smaller than the audience for Ukranian imports, one that is yoked together by questionable motives.
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
1983: 'Butcher of Lyon
' returns to face trial War criminal and former Gestapo commandant, Klaus Barbie, arrives in France to stand trial for crimes committed 37 years ago.
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.