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Barbie Trial -- Day 8 -- Three civil parties give testimony relating to the UGIF raid

Film | Accession Number: 2005.516.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1607 | Film ID: 3970

14:54 The witness, Michel Cojot Goldberg, explains the motivation for his trip to Bolivia in 1975, in which he planned to assassinate Barbie but found himself incapable of pulling the trigger; he describes meeting Barbie and talking to him

15:03 Prosecutor Klarsfeld asks the witness why he did not kill Barbie when he had the chance; the witness explains that the service to France would be greater were Barbie forced to stand trial

15:07 Defense attorney Vergès asks the witness how he learned about the Izieu raid, and the witness replies that he will not reply to the defense's questions as long as Barbie refuses to appear and answer questions; President Cerdini repeats Vergès' question, and the witness replies

15:12 President Cerdini introduces another witness, Eva Gottlieb; the witness is a civil party in the suit against Barbie

15:14 The witness testifies; her mother worked for the UGIF and was arrested in the 1943 raid; the witness had recently begun working at the UGIF herself, as an assistant; she was stopped by Germans during the raid but was able to escape arrest because of false French papers; her mother was deported to Drancy and then to Auschwitz

15:19 Cerdini asks the witness to provide precision as to the physical location of arrest; the witness discusses the German officer's positive reaction to the Beethoven sheet music she was carrying

15:21 Vergès asks the witness whether she saw others released from the raid, as she was

15:22 A juror asks the witness whether the German officers wore military uniforms or civilian clothing; how many Germans were present; whether there were French militia members present

15:23 Cerdini calls another witness, Henri Bulawko, a civil party

15:25 The witness addresses the strangeness of Barbie's absence; discusses his association with several Jewish organizations before and during the war; the witness' arrest in November 1942 and his subsequent internment in Drancy; the witness' childhood arrives in Drancy and discusses the conditions of his arrest, in the UGIF raid, and is deported East that same night; the witness' deportation to Auschwitz in July 1943; description of his arrival in Auschwitz; the witness' initial incredulity upon learning of the existence of the gas chambers

15:44 Cerdini calls a recess

Event:  1987 May 20
Lyon, France
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Institut National de L'Audiovisuel
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:14
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