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Inventory of the Klaus Barbie pre-trial records
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  • Location of Originals
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Klaus Barbie pre-trial records
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1985
    Collection Number: 95008
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials : In French and German.
    Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes (3.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Trial instruction, including depositions and exhibits, in the case of Klaus Barbie before the Tribunal de grande instance de Lyon, relating to German war crimes in France during World War II. Photocopy.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Barbie, Klaus, 1913- , defendant.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Klaus Barbie pre-trial records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Tribunal de grande instance, Lyon, France.

    Biographical note

    Born to a Roman Catholic family in Bad Godesberg, Germany, Klaus Barbie joined the SS (Schutzstaffel) in September 1935. By 1940, he was posted to Holland where his main task was to arrest Jews and German émigrés. In 1942, Barbie arrived in recently captured Lyon as head of the Gestapo, commanding a force of 25 officers. There, Barbie prevented sabotage and persecuted Jews, for which he was presented the military award, "First Class Iron Cross with Swords," by Adolf Hitler. After the war Barbie escaped prosecution in France and relocated to Bolivia in 1950. He lived in Bolivia as a businessman until 1983, when the Bolivian government extradited Barbie to France to stand trial for war crimes. In 1987 Klaus Barbie was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity. Nine jurors and three judges found Barbie, known as the "Butcher of Lyon," guilty of the 341 separate charges that were brought against him at the court in Lyon. While in prison Klause Barbie died of cancer in 1991.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The trial records for the head of the Gestapo in Lyon include trial instruction, depositions, and exhibits in the case of Klaus Barbie before the Tribunal de grande instance in Lyon, relating to German war crimes in France during World War II. Photocopy.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    France. Tribunal de grande instance de Lyon.
    Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
    War crime trials--France.
    World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities.