How the ‘Butcher of Lyon’ Was Caught
On 11 May 1987, the trial of the former head of the local Gestapo, Klaus Barbie, began in Lyon. France had been seeking his extradition for decades; but what the government failed to do, was accomplished by the husband and wife Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. They broke the stubbornness of the bureaucrats, the laziness of the judicial system, and exposed the lies of the intelligence services. The SS officer Barbier was brought to justice.