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Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
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Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie

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Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie deals with the Nazi intelligence officer, who survived the war, and operated under a false identity for almost 40 years. Finally brought to justice in France in the 1980s, his trial raised a number of difficult questions. He couldn’t be indicted as a war criminal because the statute of limitations on such offences is only 20 years. Yet many witnesses were still around to testify to his exceptionally cruel and sadistic crimes. Marcel Ophüls’ film is constructed from dozens of interviews. Practically everything discussed is eye opening and highly dramatic. Ophüls lays bare a number of “gray-area” hot-potato issues that rarely get addressed in the public media.

SS Captain Klaus Barbie was also known as The Butcher of Lyon. He operated out of the Hôtel Terminus, rounding up Jews in hiding and dismantling resistance cells. An active and sadistic torturer, he is most noted for capturing and killing the French resistance leader Jean Moulin, but he also presided over a massacre in the town of Rehaupal, and the deportation to death camps of 44 Jewish orphans. Ophüls’ camera records witnesses to all of these events, including surviving torture victims.

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