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Barbie Trial -- Day 5 -- Discussion of Gestapo hierarchy in France

Film | Accession Number: 2005.516.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1592 | Film ID: 3955

14:55 Barbie's lawyer, Vergès, argues that the court has overridden France's judicial traditions in the trial so far, and that using force to make him appear in court would reduce the trial to a lynching

15:00 President Cerdini calls for a recess to deliberate

15:34 President Cerdini reads a decision noting the refusal of Klaus Barbie to appear in court and indicating that this will be ignored in the proceedings; reads a motion receiving the testimony of plaintiff Vogel, née Eissner

15:38 Prosecution lawyer Rappaport gives information concerning the recent desecration of a monument erected to the memory of the children deported from Izieu

15:39 President Cerdini explains the procedure for the trial arguments going forward, in light of the continued absence of the defendant

15:40 President Cerdini presents facts found against Barbie before the Cour D'Assises

15:43 Cerdini presents definitions of SIPO [Sicherheitspolizei, or Nazi Secret Police] and SD [Sicherheitsdienst, or Nazi Security Service], and the organizations that they cover

15:50 Cerdini presents Barbie's position within the general Nazi organization

15:55 Lawyers from the prosecution (Iannucci) and defense (Vergès) each comment on Cerdini's presentation, particularly Barbie's position as the head of the SD in Lyon

15:59 Lawyers from the prosecution (Klarsfeld) and defense (Vergès) debate the date of the establishment of the Einsatzkommando in Lyon (task force charged with exterminating Jews and others)

16:01 Prosecution lawyer Libman raises a question about Barbie's authority over SD sub-section 4B (the anti-Jewish sub-section)

16:02 President Cerdini presents a series of declarations made by Barbie about his rank and responsibility within the Nazi organization

16:16 Prosecution lawyers Libman and Kormann, as well as defense lawyer Vergès, debate testimony that Barbie was "the soul of the KDS (chief of the SD) in Lyon"; debate Barbie's role in the Sonderkommandos (ad-hoc SS units)

16:19 Prosecution lawyer Klarsfeld discusses a raid, approved by Barbie, at the UGIF [Union générale des Israélites de France] in Lyon on February 9, 1943 (also known as the Rafle de la Rue Sainte-Catherine)

16:21 President Cerdini presents an exhibit relating to the raid

16:25 A clerk reads a report signed by Barbie on the 11th of February 1943

Event:  1987 May 15
Lyon, France
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Institut National de L'Audiovisuel
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:13
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