being tough enough. After Hollert's death in a
bombardment in May 1944, Barbie was to become deputy to the commander of the
S.D.-Security Police. Another S.S., Wilhelm Wellnitz, who now lives in
Rendsburg, states that "from that time on, Barbie signed all the telegrams."
I shall not retrace here Barbie's actions against the French
Resistance, for they were linked to those of the Lyon Gestapo, and Resistance
veterans of the region are more qualified than I to give details. I only want
to recall some of his crimes while he was posing as a "German soldier and
It seems that those who have held a grudge against Barbie for
having tortured Jean Moulin to death have not been wrong. I offer as proof the
following document, dated September 18, 1943, whose reference number is 1-A-16,
No. 204,143, of the RSHA. The head of the S.D.-Security Police wrote:
At my suggestion, the S.S.
Reichsführer [Himmler] has, in a personal letter, expressed his gratitude
S.S.-Hauptsturmfuhrer Heinz Hollert
S.S.-Obersturmführer Klaus Barbie
S.S.-Hauptscharführer Karl Krull
S.S.-Staffelscharführer Günter Erlers
secret police Einsatzkommando for their high efficiency in the pursuit of crime
and their indefatigable devotion to the battle against Resistance organizations
Barbie's work was further rewarded, on November 9,
1943, by the Iron Cross, First Class, with sword.
Lastly, here is the
opinion of his superiors, stated in a document dated September 14, 1944, from
the RSHA, identified as 1-A-56-AS-5,796. In it S.S.-Sturmbannführer
Wanninger recommends another promotion for Barbie:
Barbie is known at headquarters as an S.S.
leader who knows what he wants, and is enthusiastic. He has a definite talent
for intelligence work and for the pursuit of crime. His most meritorious
accomplishment has been the cleaning out of numerous enemy organizations.
Reichsführer S.S.-Himmler has expressed his gratitude to Barbie in a
personal letter commending his pursuit of crime and his persistent efforts in
suppressing Resistance organizations.
From the point of view of
ideology and character, Barbie is dependable. Since his training and during his
employ in the S.D., Barbie has pursued a regular career as a director of the
"superior service," and,