France: Exorcising Old Ghosts

Klaus Barbie, the "Butcher of Lyon, "brings back the past

Few Nazi war criminals have been so hated in France as Klaus Barbie, the infamous "Butcher of Lyon." While serving as head of the Gestapo in Lyon from 1942 to 1944, Barbie ordered the execution of more than 4,000 people and the deportation of 7,000 French Jews to concentration camps. His hands were also stained with the blood of Jean Moulin, France's most revered Resistance leader, who is believed to have died under torture in 1943. Twice Barbie was tried in absentia for his...

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