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Klaus Barbie

Nazi

Died when: 77 years 335 days (935 months)
Star Sign: Scorpio

 

Klaus Barbie

Nikolaus "Klaus" Barbie (25 October 1913 – 25 September 1991) was a German Nazi, known as the "Butcher of Lyon" for having personally tortured prisoners of the Gestapo—primarily Jews and members of the French Resistance—while stationed in Lyon under the collaborationist Vichy regime.

After the war, United States intelligence services, which employed him for his anti-Marxist efforts, aided his escape to Bolivia, where he advised the regime on how to repress opposition through torture.

The West German Intelligence Service later recruited him.Barbie is suspected of having had a role in the Bolivian coup d'état orchestrated by Luis García Meza in 1980.

After the fall of the dictatorship, Barbie no longer had the protection of the government in La Paz.In 1983, he was extradited to France, where he was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.

Although he had been previously sentenced to death in absentia twice, on 16 May 1947 and on 25 November 1954, capital punishment was abolished in France on 9 October 1981.

Barbie died of cancer in prison on 25 September 1991.


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