Saint-Genis-Laval

Site historique

Côte Lorette Fort, where 120 prisoners from Montluc prison were massacred by the Germans and Vichy Milices.

As the Liberation drew near and the Allies were moving up the Rhône valley, Klaus Barbie and Walter Knabb had 120 Jewish and resistant prisoners transferred from Montluc to the Côte-Lorette Fort. Members of the Milice participated in the operation.

The prisoners were sub-machine-gunned in the guard-house next to the fort. The perpetrators of the massacre then set fire to the house and blew it up; only one person escaped to bear witness. The bodies of 68 men and 6 women were identified. The remains were placed in 88... Read more

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Address : Fort de Côte Lorette, 18 rue de la Croix-Rouge , 69230 Saint-Genis-Laval
GPS Coordinates : 45.698517 , 4.783874
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Themes
  • Repression
  • Collaboration
  • Liberation
  • Rhone
  • Historic site
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Côte Lorette Fort, where 120 prisoners from Montluc prison were massacred by the Germans and Vichy Milices.

As the Liberation drew near and the Allies were moving up the Rhône valley, Klaus Barbie and Walter Knabb had 120 Jewish and resistant prisoners transferred from Montluc to the Côte-Lorette Fort. Members of the Milice participated in the operation.

The prisoners were sub-machine-gunned in the guard-house next to the fort. The perpetrators of the massacre then set fire to the house and blew it up; only one person escaped to bear witness. The bodies of 68 men and 6 women were identified. The remains were placed in 88 coffins, including 5 that held only unidentifiable remains. On August 23, 1944, a funeral service was held in the presence of Cardinal Gerlier, though the Germans still occupied the city. A commemorative monument was erected on September 28, 1947.

For further information: Le Maitron

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