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Barbie Trial -- Day 7 -- An expert testifies

Film | Accession Number: 2005.516.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1600 | Film ID: 3963

13:40 President Cerdini calls the session to order; asks that the accused present himself; Barbie refuses to appear; Cerdini calls on the bailiff to compel the accused to appear

13:41 The bailiff reads the names of the witnesses scheduled to give testimony in the session; one witness has not yet arrived

13:41 Cerdini suspends the session while the bailiff goes to Barbie to compel him to appear

14:28 Cerdini calls the session to order; the bailiff reads Barbie's statement that he refuses to appear

14:30 Cerdini reads the Court's decision regarding the Defense's exception taken to an earlier judgement of Barbie, made by a military tribunal in 1954

14:36 The first witness, Rudolf Holtfort, is introduced and takes oath; the witness is a lawyer, born in Cologne

14:40 Holtfort explains that he is an expert in the history of the carrying out of the Final Solution against French Jews; in his role as a lawyer for the central police office of Cologne, he has examined and studied the documents that have now been admitted to Barbie's trial; he explains that in another similar trial, there was no question as to the authenticity of the photocopies of these documents.

14:45 Cerdini presents Holtfort with the original documents, and asks him to examine them and speak to their authenticity; Holtfort explains that these documents are authentic, given various details

15:03 End of tape

Event:  1987 May 19
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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