Klaus Barbie Biography
Birthday: October 25, 1913 (Scorpio)
Born In: Bad Godesberg
Nikolaus "Klaus" Barbie was a Nazi leader infamous for his crimes against French prisoners during the World War II. Born in Godesberg, Germany, Barbie became involved with the Nazi Forces during his early twenties. His father had taken part in the First World War, in which he was captured by the French. He returned an angry, bitter, and wounded man, and Klaus grew up suffering the abusive nature of his father. Later Barbie became a member of the Hitler Youth, and soon after, he joined the Sicherheitsdienst, the Nazi intelligence wing. After the conquest of Western Europe by Nazi forces, he was assigned to Amsterdam in Netherlands. Soon he was transferred to Lyon, France and promoted to Chief of Gestapo. He used this power to torture and execute thousands of French prisoners, which soon earned him the name "Butcher of Lyon." Despite his negative reputation, Barbie was hired by the United States intelligence services in their anti-Marxist efforts. It is also said that it was his help that enabled the capture of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. After his arrest years later by the French government, Barbie was tried for his crimes against humanity. He received a sentence of life imprisonment. However, he died after just four years in prison due to cancer.