Klaus Barbie

1913 - 1991

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Nikolaus Barbie (25 October 1913 – 25 September 1991) was a German member of the Nazi Party, known as the "Butcher of Lyon" for having personally tortured prisoners of the Gestapo—primarily Jews and members of the French Resistance—while stationed in Lyon under the collaborationist Vichy regime. After the war, United States intelligence services, which employed him for his anti-Marxist efforts, aided his escape to Bolivia, where he advised the regime on how to repress opposition through torture.The West German Intelligence Service later recruited him. Barbie is suspected of having had a role in the Bolivian coup d'état orchestrated by Luis García Meza in 1980. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Klaus Barbie has received more than 3,362,193 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Klaus Barbie is the 106th most popular military personnel (down from 104th in 2019), the 281st most popular biography from Germany (down from 280th in 2019) and the 25th most popular German Military Personnel.

Klaus Barbie was a high-ranking Nazi officer who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews and other people in France during World War II. He was known as the Butcher of Lyon and the Gestapo's "Butcher of Lyon."

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Among military personnels, Klaus Barbie ranks 106 out of 1,466Before him are Subutai, Zhang Fei, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Theodor Eicke, Michael Wittmann, and Vasily Chuikov. After him are Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Robert Peary, Narses, Cimon, Abu Muslim, and Nestor Makhno.

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Among people born in 1913, Klaus Barbie ranks 14Before him are Menachem Begin, Robert Capa, Jean Marais, Burt Lancaster, Paul Ricœur, and Ramón Mercader. After him are Claude Simon, Benjamin Britten, Gustáv Husák, Josef Bican, Jimmy Hoffa, and Sabiha Gökçen. Among people deceased in 1991, Klaus Barbie ranks 10Before him are Dr. Seuss, Olav V of Norway, Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, Yves Montand, and Klaus Kinski. After him are Jiang Qing, Graham Greene, Edwin McMillan, Gustáv Husák, Carl David Anderson, and Soichiro Honda.

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Among people born in Germany, Klaus Barbie ranks 281 out of 5,289Before him are Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), Konrad Zuse (1910), Michael Wittmann (1914), Sepp Dietrich (1892), and Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787). After him are Anton Drexler (1884), Karl Weierstrass (1815), Alexandra Feodorovna (1872), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), Christian I of Denmark (1426), and Ferdinand I of Romania (1865).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Klaus Barbie ranks 25Before him are Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), John of Austria (1547), Hermann Hoth (1885), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), and Michael Wittmann (1914). After him are Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), Ludwig Beck (1880), Heinrich Müller (1900), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), Hermann Fegelein (1906), and Ernst Busch (1885).