Herberts Cukurs: The Notorious ‘Butcher of Riga’ and the Assassination Plot by Nazi Hunters

Herberts Cukurs: The Notorious ‘Butcher of Riga’ and the Assassination Plot by Nazi Hunters

Herberts Cukurs, a decorated officer in the Latvian Air Force and renowned pilot, once hailed as a national hero, would later become one of Latvia’s most reviled figures. Following the Nazi invasion and the subsequent collaboration with fascist forces, Cukurs earned the chilling nickname “The Hangman of Riga.” He was held responsible for the extermination…

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The Courageous Couple: The Klarsfelds’ Mission to Capture the Nazi Butcher of Lyon

The Courageous Couple: The Klarsfelds’ Mission to Capture the Nazi Butcher of Lyon

Introduction During World War II, Klaus Barbie, a notorious Gestapo officer, unleashed terror in Lyon, France, earning himself the chilling moniker “the Butcher of Lyon.” His war crimes included the deportation and torture of countless individuals, particularly Jews and members of the French Resistance. However, Barbie’s reign of terror eventually came to an end thanks…

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