The Butcher of Lyon: The Story of Infamous Nazi Klaus Barbie

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The Butcher of Lyon: The Story of Infamous Nazi Klaus Barbie

By Brendan Murphy
Empire Books, 1983
336 pp. $13.95
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A Paris-based American journalist reconstructs the career of the Gestapo chief of Lyons, accountable for the murder of Resistance leader Jean Moulin and thousands of others. Murphy draws on interviews in France, Germany, the United States and Bolivia. He relies heavily on the candid statement in 1983 by Allan A. Ryan, Jr. for the Justice Department, in which Ryan disclosed how U.S. counterintelligence used Barbie after the war, constructed a cover-up to protect him from French extradition demands and sent him to South America, where he pursued another successful career in Bolivia. The American role in this appalling type of operation should be further examined.

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