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REOPENING
THE BARBIE CASE

 All the international press associations, all the big French and German news syndicates, received the material we had gathered about Barbie. We also distributed it to all the Resistance associations in the Lyon area and to the legal authorities in France and Germany.

The French reaction would have to come from Lyon to have the greatest effect on German opinion. If no vigorous protests against the Munich prosecutor's decision came from the place where Barbie had committed his crimes, the Germans would undoubtedly think the people of Lyon shared Rabl's opinion. I had an idea in mind: The people of Lyon should stage a demonstration in Munich.

The first thing to be done was to alert the Lyon press. On July 27 I went to the Paris office of the Lyon Progrès and told reporter André Severac about the various aspects of the case. The next day Progrès carried a long story headed: "German Prosecutor Drops Charges against Klaus Barbie, Chief of Lyon Gestapo and Torturer of Jean Moulin."

On July 29 Progrès gave a great deal of space to the reaction. The Lyon branch of the LICA asked "all Resistance associations and all citizens of Lyon with a sense of justice to write a letter of protest to the prosecutor."
     
   
 
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