Klaus Barbie

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Nikolaus “Klaus” Barbie was born in Bad Godesberg, a district of Bonn, on October 25, 1913 (JVL). Both of his parents were teachers at the school he had attended for most of his life. His father was a very abusive alcoholic who had served in the First World War. Shot in the neck at Verdun, the elder Nikolaus Barbie had come home a broken man. He was very harsh and demanding of his children and wife. After the death of his father in 1933, Klaus was drafted into the Reichsarbeitsdienst, or Nazi Labor Service, because he had no money to continue his studies. Klaus volunteered for a six month stint in Schleswig-Holstein at a work camp. Barbie joined the Nazi Party on September 26, 1935. He joined the SS soon thereafter and underwent rigorous training to join the Sicherbeitsdienst, the Security Detail of the SS. Life was very fast-paced in the SS and left little time for anything else. His first assignment in Berlin was as an assistant in one of the departments of the SD headquarters. In just a few weeks he was sent to the Police headquarters in Alexanderplatz to undergo training. In 1937 he graduated from the SD school in Bernau and was then sent to complete his special leadership training in Berlin Charlottenburg (HRP). A rising star in the SD, Barbie was promoted to SS-Untersturmfuhrer on April 20, 1940 and married Regine Willms five days later (HRP). Less than a week after his marriage he was on the move with his SD attachment again. May 29, 1940, his attachment was officially posted to Holland to serve under Willy Lages in the arrest of Jews and German political refugees. They were soon transferred to Amsterdam where the first glimpses of the monster that was Klaus Barbie began to shine through. An SD raid led by Barbie o... ... middle of paper ... ...he was the man who betrayed Resistance leader Jean Moulin, however, strangely two weeks after the arrest of Hardy, Jean Moulin was captured during a resistance meeting held in a Doctor’s private surgery in Caluire. (HRP) Barbie tortured Moulin for days before sending him back to the heart of Germany as directed by the . The SS officers shoved hot needles under his fingernails, slammed his knuckles in doors until they broke, handcuffed him so tightly that the bones in his wrists were crushed, and beat him until he went until a coma. After that, Barbie would display Moulin’s body in his office whenever he knew other resistance members would be drug in for questioning. It was an important step for him to crush their morale. Seeing the face of their resistance broken and bruised as they were led into Barbie’s hell would be enough to make any man talk. Following

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