December 13th, 2017

Paris Holocaust museum opens exhibit on married Nazi hunters

By Associated Press, The Associated Press on December 7, 2017.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, French Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband Serge Klarsfeld speak to the Associated Press during an interview at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, France. The story of Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld is well known in many ways _ and has even spawned a Hollywood movie. Yet, not all has been told of the steely married couple’s quest to bring down some of the Third Reich’s most infamous villains including Klaus Barbie, the so-called “Butcher of Lyon.” Paris’ Shoah Memorial is this week hosting the world’s first ever exhibit into their story _ called “Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, Fighters for Memory.” (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS – An exhibition exploring the story of the steely married couple Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, who hunted German Nazis and their former collaborators in occupied France, is opening in Paris with materials from the couple’s personal archives.

The exhibition opens Thursday at the Shoah Memorial and includes previously unseen video, and strives to explain the Klarsfelds’ work to a new generation.

It shows how the couple brought down Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo officer eventually convicted of torturing French prisoners. The couple’s pursuit of the “Butcher of Lyon” featured in an American television biography of Beate Klarsfeld that starred Farrah Fawcett.

Curator Olivier Lalieu says the exhibition is believed to be the first dedicated to the breadth of their careers and lives.

Serge Klarsfeld is 82 years old, his wife 78.

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