Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie*

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Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie*

  • 1988 ----- color ----- 267 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed and produced by Marcel Ophuls) This award-winning documentary work, spanning more than 70 years, three continents and 120 hours of interviews, explores one of World War II's greatest mysteries. Klaus Barbie, a ruthless SS interrogator known as the Butcher of Lyon, was implicated in 4,000 deaths and the deportation of 7,000 Jews from occupied France--and then he disappeared. Traces the 40-year hunt for Barbie, a hunt initiated by the very governments that later hid him and protected his family. Klaus Barbie, a wanted Nazi war criminal, was employed by the American government as an informant in Germany. When discovery was dangerously close, Barbie was smuggled out of Europe on an underground railway with ties to the Vatican. He took refuge in South America, where his "talents" were employed by the governments of Bolivia and Peru. Until he was finally brought to trial in 1987, governments harbored Barbie at the same time that his crimes were being denounced. Exposes a complex web of political intrigue, collaboration and deceit almost as unforgettable as the crimes themselves. (Donated by the Center for Western European Studies) (Restricted to use by institutions of Higher Education in Washington state only)
  • Topics: (Biography, Europe, Germanics, History: European, Jewish Studies, Motion Pictures: Documentary, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science)