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ADL Urges Senate Panel to Probe U.S. Complicity in Barbie’s Escape

February 18, 1983
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The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has called upon the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence “to pursue vigorously” reports of American complicity in the post-World War II escape by Nazi gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie, the recently apprehended “butcher of Lyons” now awaiting in France.

Justin Finger, director of ADL’s National Civil Rights Division, said “The American people have a right to know “whether officials of their government a bused their authority in doing business with and offering assistance to Barbie or any other perpetrators of atrocities against Jews and other civilians.” Finger said the ADL was encouraged by the committee’s determination to investigate fully the Barbie matter and other possible links between former Nazi officials and U.S. intelligence agencies.

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