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BND files reveal Klaus Barbie was paid by the German intelligence services during the 1960s
This has not been a good winter for those authorities who secretly protected the Nazis after the Second World War. First a 600-page report by the American Justice Department revealed that the U.S. set up a safe haven for the Nazis after the war. Then a discovery at BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst, German intelligence agency) archives proved that German and American intelligence agencies knew where some of the most wanted Nazi criminals were located, but did nothing with this information. And if that wasn't bad enough, more and more evidence shows that they actually co-operated with these Nazi individuals.
According to the BND archives, Klaus Barbie, a notorious Gestapo agent known as the "butcher of Lyon," was paid by the German intelligence services for political information during the 1960s. A file on Barbie, codenamed "Eagle", states he was of "complete German attitude" and a "committed anti-Communist" - and that he delivered at least 35 reports.
Klaus Barbie tortured hundreds, including 13yo girl, and was hired by the US and UK intelligence after the war
Klaus Barbie joined the SD (Sicherheitsdienst) in 1935, earning the nickname "Butcher of Lyon" as a head of Lyon area Gestapo. Simone Lagrange recalls: "He was caressing the cat. And me, a kid 13 years old, I could not imagine that he could be evil... I was tortured by him for 8 days." Ennat Leger: "He broke my teeth... put a bottle in my mouth and pushed it until the lips split." Barbie was awarded, by Hitler himself, the First Class Iron Cross with Swords. After the war, Klaus Barbie was recruited by the Western Allies because of his "police skills". With the help of the Americans, he escaped to South America in 1950.
Journalist Gustavo Sanchez tracked Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon in 1983
After World War II many leading Nazis fled to South America. One of them was the head of the Gestapo in Lyon, a man responsible for the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz and the torture of members of the French Resistance. Hiding in Bolivia, Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, changed his name to Klaus Altmann and made himself useful to drug lords and dictators. American intelligence officials helped Barbie, who was a kind of counter-intelligence official, to become established in Bolivia as part of their battle against communism. Bolivian journalist Gustavo Sanchez tells what happened when he tracked Barbie down in 1983.
Jacques Vergès: I said to Klaus Barbie: I want people to see your human side
French lawyer Jacques Vergès has represented some of the most infamous criminals, like the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie. Now, as his own mysterious past comes under probe in documentary "Terror's Advocate", he explains why he defended them. -- "I said to Barbie: 'You're not innocent, but neither are you a monster. You're an officer ... of an occupying army in a country that resists. You're no better and no worse than a French officer in Algeria, an American officer in Vietnam.' When you treat the accused as a monster, you give up trying to understand what happened."
Nazi Klaus Barbie boasted of hunting down Che Guevara for CIA
Was Che Guevara's capture in Bolivia directed by the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, as the CIA made use of his anti-guerrilla skills? Barbie was the Gestapo chief in Lyon whose crimes included the murder of 44 children and the capture of French Resistance leader Jean Moulin. Documentary My Enemy's Enemy, by Kevin Macdonald, probes how Barbie's record was brushed off when he was enrolled by CIA as a useful tool against communism. He avoided French justice by fleeing to Bolivia where, under the alias Klaus Altmann, he was welcomed by fascist sympathisers. Alvaro de Castro, a confidant of Barbie, told that Barbie had no respect for "pitiful adventurer" Che Guevara.
Documentary: My Enemy's Enemy - The West and Klaus Barbie (Article no longer available from the original source)
"My Enemy's Enemy" by Kevin Macdonald, is a history lesson detailing the disturbing record of complicity between notorious war criminals, specifically the Butcher of Lyon: Klaus Barbie, and the West after the Second World War. Although he was held accountable for the murder of French Resistance leader Jean Moulin, as well as for the deaths of 44 children, the U.S. found his communist-hunting tactics to be quite useful during the Cold War. Klaus Barbie would later "disappear" to Bolivia (with the help of the Catholic Church), where he would become a powerful businessman and enlist the help of some of his old Nazi brethren in a bid to build a Fourth Reich in the Andes.