Beate Klarsfeld

Serge Klarsfeld and Beate Klarsfeld are activists known for documenting the Holocaust to establish the record and enable prosecution of war criminals. Since the 1960s, they have been notable for their activism against former Nazis, efforts to commemorate the Jewish victims from France of the Occupation, and for their support of Israel.
They helped found and have led l’Association des fils et filles des déportés juifs de France, or FFDJF. It is one of the groups that has documented cases and located for prosecution such German and French former officials as Klaus Barbie, René Bousquet, Jean Leguay, Maurice Papon, and Paul Touvier, who have been implicated in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of French and foreign Jews during World War II. The Klarsfelds were among organized groups who filed cases decades after the war, sometimes as late as the 1990s, against such officials for their crimes against humanity.
In the 1960s, Beate Klarsfeld publicized the wartime activities of West German politicians; on one occasion, she slapped Chancellor Kiesinger in public in protest.

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