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March 21, 2012

Hotel Terminus -The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

An examination of Klaus Barbie, the infamous Nazi 'Butcher of Lyon' and Gestapo chief implicated in 4000 deaths and the deportation of 7000 Jews, during the Nazi occupation of France. Tracing the 40-year hunt for the war criminal, it exposes a complex web of political intrigue, collaboration and deceit. Weaves together historical footage and interviews with former Nazis, American intelligence officers, South American government officials, victims of Nazi atrocities and witnesses.

Klaus Barbie survived for 40 years after the war. He used his contacts within the American occupation force to provide an exit from Europe. As a stringent anti-communist, immediately after World War II and well into the cold war, he received protection from anti-communists everywhere.
He did not concern himself with his past and he set up a new criminal lifestyle, as a thief, a gun runner, and who knows what else well into the 1980s. One cannot leave the film without a sense of disgust. His atrocities destroyed lives and families. While the suffering continued for the victims and the families long after the war, Klaus Barbie was apparently lived unburdened by the reality of his actions. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54265-D 267 minutes 1989
(1989 Academy Award for best documentary)

Posted by mcmike at March 21, 2012 12:03 PM


The first time I heard about Klaus Barbie was in the 2001 movie Rat Race. After that I read a few articles about the guy, but never knew that there is a documentary about him. Thanks about the info, I'll try watch it this weekend and make a review after that.

Posted by: jennifer.millard@rocketmail.com at March 29, 2012 11:55 AM

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