Serge Klarsfeld (born 17 September 1935) and Beate Klarsfeld (née Künzel, born 13 February 1939) are activists and Nazi hunters known for documenting the Holocaust in order to establish the record and to enable the prosecution of war criminals. Since the 1960s, they have made notable efforts to commemorate the Jewish victims of German-occupied France and have been supporters of Israel.On 1 January 2014, the Klarsfelds' Legion of Honour ranks were upgraded: Beate became Commandeur and Serge became Grand officier.

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  • Serge Klarsfeld (born 17 September 1935) and Beate Klarsfeld (née Künzel, born 13 February 1939) are activists and Nazi hunters known for documenting the Holocaust in order to establish the record and to enable the prosecution of war criminals. Since the 1960s, they have made notable efforts to commemorate the Jewish victims of German-occupied France and have been supporters of Israel. They helped found and have led the Sons and Daughters of Jewish Deportees from France (Association des fils et filles des déportés juifs de France) or FFDJF. It is one of the groups that has documented cases and located former German and French officials for prosecution such 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 the Second World War. The Klarsfelds were among organised 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 publicised the wartime activities of West German politicians; on one occasion, she slapped Chancellor Kiesinger in public in protest. After German reunification and the opening of the Stasi records of East Germany, in 2012 it was revealed that both Klarsfelds had been regular Stasi contacts during the 1960s. Beate had received material on the politicians and pay for her actions against West German leaders. In the years before 1989 and the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Klarsfelds frequently protested against the Eastern Bloc's support for the PLO and anti-Zionism.Recognition for their work has included France's Legion of Honour in 1984. In 1986, their story was adapted as an American television film starring Tom Conti, Farrah Fawcett and Geraldine Page. In 2008, a French television movie was made about them. In 2012, Die Linke ("The Left") nominated Beate Klarsfeld as a candidate for President of Germany in opposition to Joachim Gauck, a conservative and a Lutheran pastor from the former East Germany. Gauck was the consensus candidate and won overwhelmingly. On 1 January 2014, the Klarsfelds' Legion of Honour ranks were upgraded: Beate became Commandeur and Serge became Grand officier. On 26 October 2015, the UNESCO designate the Klarsfelds as "Honourary Ambassadors and Special Envoys for Education about the Holocaust and the Prevention of Genocide". On 19 February 2016, Beate Klarsfel (who is not Jewish) was granted Israeli citizenship for her efforts on behalf of the Jewish people. (en)
  • Serge en Beate Klarsfeld is een Frans echtpaar dat al decennia speurt naar voortvluchtige oorlogsmisdadigers. Serge Klarsfeld begon als eerste te speuren en later voegde zijn echtgenote Beate Klarsfeld zich bij hem in deze missie. In 1979 richtten ze in New York de Beate Klarsfeld Foundation op. Ze ontmaskerden vooral Franse oorlogsmisdadigers, zoals Klaus Barbie en Maurice Papon. Maar ze zochten ook Duitse oorlogsmisdadigers, die Franse joden hadden vermoord tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog: Kurt Lischka, Herbert Hagen en Ernst Heinrichsohn brachten ze in 1979 in Keulen voor de rechter. Deze rechtszaak leidde tot een bomaanslag op 9 juli 1979, die gericht was tegen het echtpaar Klarsfeld in Parijs en die een twintigtal auto's in de omgeving beschadigde. Kurt Lischka werd veroordeeld tot tien jaren gevangenisstraf, Herbert Hagen tot 12 jaren gevangenisstraf en Ernst Heinrichsohn tot zes jaren gevangenisstraf op 11 februari 1980. Lischka en Hagen werden echter al in 1985 vervroegd vrijgelaten. In 1980 begon het proces tegen Ernst Ehlers en Kurt Asche, de leiders van de Gestapo in Brussel, voor de rechtbank van Kiel. Ernst Ehlers pleegde op de vooravond van zijn proces zelfmoord op 4 oktober 1980 en Kurt Asche werd in juli 1981 veroordeeld tot een gevangenisstraf van zeven jaren. (nl)
  • Beate Klarsfeld (Berlim, 13 de fevereiro de 1939) e Serge (Bucareste, 17 de setembro de 1935) são "caçadores de nazistas" da Alemanha. São assim chamados por terem conduzido à justiça nazistas como Klaus Barbie, após o fim da Segunda Guerra Mundial. Após a reunificação da Alemanha e a abertura dos arquivos da Stasi, a polícia secreta da Alemanha Oriental, em 2012, foi revelado que os Klarsfelds tinham sido colaboradores regulares da Josef Stalin nos anos 1960, em ações que visavam líderes políticos da Alemanha Ocidental. (pt)
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  • Serge Klarsfeld (born 17 September 1935) and Beate Klarsfeld (née Künzel, born 13 February 1939) are activists and Nazi hunters known for documenting the Holocaust in order to establish the record and to enable the prosecution of war criminals. Since the 1960s, they have made notable efforts to commemorate the Jewish victims of German-occupied France and have been supporters of Israel.On 1 January 2014, the Klarsfelds' Legion of Honour ranks were upgraded: Beate became Commandeur and Serge became Grand officier. (en)
  • Serge en Beate Klarsfeld is een Frans echtpaar dat al decennia speurt naar voortvluchtige oorlogsmisdadigers.Serge Klarsfeld begon als eerste te speuren en later voegde zijn echtgenote Beate Klarsfeld zich bij hem in deze missie. In 1979 richtten ze in New York de Beate Klarsfeld Foundation op.Ze ontmaskerden vooral Franse oorlogsmisdadigers, zoals Klaus Barbie en Maurice Papon. (nl)
  • Beate Klarsfeld (Berlim, 13 de fevereiro de 1939) e Serge (Bucareste, 17 de setembro de 1935) são "caçadores de nazistas" da Alemanha. São assim chamados por terem conduzido à justiça nazistas como Klaus Barbie, após o fim da Segunda Guerra Mundial.Após a reunificação da Alemanha e a abertura dos arquivos da Stasi, a polícia secreta da Alemanha Oriental, em 2012, foi revelado que os Klarsfelds tinham sido colaboradores regulares da Josef Stalin nos anos 1960, em ações que visavam líderes políticos da Alemanha Ocidental. (pt)
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