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Klaus Barbie trial

Document | Accession Number: 2001.93 | RG Number: RG-43.031M

Contains original court transcripts from the trial against Klaus Barbie for war crimes. On May 11th, 1987, after 4 years of pre-trial investigation in Lyon, France, Klaus Barbie's trial opened. It was the first case of crime against humanity tried in France. Pierre Trouche was the chief prosecutor, and Jacques Vergès was the defense attorney in the Barbie trial. The collection includes over 37 court sessions (ca. 185 hour trials) held in Lyon form May 11 to July 3, 1987. Barbie had to answer several charges: the liquidation of the Lyon committee of the Union Gʹenʹerale des Israelites de France (UGIF) following the roundup of February 9th, 1943 (79 concentration camp prisoners, 6 survivors); the arrest of the 44 Izieu children and of the adults in charge of them; the imprisonment in concentration camps of approximately 650 people who were transported in the last convoy to leave Lyon on Aug.11th, 1944; the torture and death of Marcel Gompel, a Jewish member of the Resistance and professor at the Collʹege de France; and the imprisonment in concentration camps of members of the Resistance. The victims were able to associate in a court action with the public prosecutor. Barbie, who chose not to attend most of the hearings, did not acknowledge any of these crimes. On June 29th, 1987, Public Prosecutor Pierre Truche gave his closing speech for the prosecution, asking that the defendant be sentenced to life imprisonment. On July 4th, 1987, the verdict of guilty, with no extenuating circumstances, was given. Barbie was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Date
1987
Language
French
Extent
3 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
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