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…wanted in Holland for War Crimes

February 2, 1972
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Klaus Barbie is wanted for war crimes committed in Holland during World War II, it was learned today. The Netherlands State Institute for Documentation of World War II disclosed that Barbie was responsible for the deportation and death of at least 300 young Jewish refugees who had found a haven in Holland before the Nazi occupation of that country. According to the documents, the deportations occurred at the end of 1940 or early in 1941. At that time Barbie was a member of the SS Obersturmfuehrung in Amsterdam.

He reportedly ordered the arrest and deportation of 300 Jewish refugees who were living in the agricultural training village of Wieringermeer in northern Holland. They and other Jews caught in Amsterdam were sent to Mauthausen concentration camp where most of them were later killed. The mass deportation was ordered in reprisal for partisan attacks on German Army officers in Amsterdam. Barbie was subsequently transferred to Lyons where he became chief of the Gestapo for southern France and was responsible for the mass deportation of French Jews.

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