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Serge Klarsfeld

(1935 - )

Serge Klarsfeld, author and attorney, has published a dozen books on the fate of French Jewry during World War II and has been active in bringing Nazi and Vichy officials to trial for the crimes they committed. He is president of the organization, Sons and Daughters of the Jewish Deportees of France.

He was born in Bucharest in 1935. He miraculously escaped arrest by the Gestapo in Nice in 1943 but his father was killed in Auschwitz.

Serge Klarsfeld is Graduate of Superior Studies in History at the Sorbonne. He also is Graduate of the Institute of Political Science of Paris and Docteur es Lettres and lawyer at the Court of Appeal of Paris. He is one of the foremost historians on the fate of the Jews in France during the Second World War.

He has worked on many legal cases against several Nazi criminals that operated in France, namely Lischka, Barbie, and Brunner. He led and initiated the Bousquet, Leguay, Papon, and Touvier cases. He revealed to the French public the crimes of Vichy and is seen as the inspiration of President Jacques Chirac's declaration that officially recognizes the responsibility of France during World War II.

Klarsfeld has been arrested in Germany and Syria in his attempts to get Brunner extricated. He went to Tehran in 1979 to protest against the executions of the Lebanese Jews and he protested against Karazdic and Mladic in the Serb Republic of Bosnia in 1996.

Sources: NYU Press