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Gestapo Member Klaus Barbie Arrested – 1983

Gestapo Member Klaus Barbie Arrested – 1983

After World War II the Americans first recruited Klaus Barbie into the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps, and later he immigrated to Argentina, and then Bolivia where he, supposedly, even participated in the action of capturing and liquidating Che Guevara.

On this day the Bolivian authorities arrested former Gestapo member Klaus Barbie. Known for his nickname, “Butcher of Lyon”, Barbie originated from near Bonn. His patrilineal ancestors were likely a French family named Barbier. At the age of 24 Barbie, joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP) as an SS member.

During the war Barbie vas first sent to Netherlands, and then to France, as the head of Gestapo in Lyon. He became infamous there for his methods of prisoner interrogation (torture) and earned the nickname “Butcher of Lyon”. After the war, the Americans first recruited him into the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps, and later he immigrated to Argentina, and then Bolivia.

In Bolivia Barbie supposedly participated in the capture and liquidation operation aimed at Che Guevara. On this day the newly-elected Bolivian government arrested him and extradited him to France, where he was tried for war crimes. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but he died of leukemia after only four years in prison.

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