The interior of the Gestapo prison in Koeln. Prisoners were forced to run these stairs while whipped by guards. Prisoners stripped the paint from the doors where the American officer is standing as a result of going mad from Allied air raids.
Nikolaus “Klaus” Barbie (25 October 1913 – 23 September 1991) was an SS-Hauptsturmführer (rank equivalent to army captain) and Gestapo member. He was known as the “Butcher of Lyon” for having personally tortured French prisoners of the Gestapo while stationed in Lyon, France. After the war, United States intelligence services employed him for their anti-Marxist efforts and also helped him escape to South America.
The main hall inside Gestapo HQ - a building that had once been an art museum. This Day in History: Apr 26, 1933: The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established. http://dingeengoete.blogspot.com/