La France Divisée

Serge Klarsfeld

Portrait of Serge Klarsfeld

One of the foremost historians of the fate of Jews in France during the Second World War
S erge Klarsfeld (president of the Fils et Filles des Déportés de France) is an attorney, author and historian. Klarsfeld, his mother and sister hid from the Gestapo in Nice in 1943; his father was arrested and sent to his death at Auschwitz. He is one of the foremost historians of the fate of Jews in France during the Second World War. Serge and his wife Beate have spent their lives cataloguing the well-kept German records of Jews deported from France and pressing for prosecution of former Nazi criminals. They are responsible for the arrest and conviction of Nazi Klaus Barbie (known as the “butcher of Lyon”). Serge Klarsfeld is the author of more than a dozen books on the fate of French Jewry during World War II including the Mémorial des Juifs Déportés de France 1942-1944 and the Mémorial des Enfants Juifs Déportés de France.