WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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and in which now, as in the past, they play hardly any role in politics. A political role means participating in the real responsibilities, in the destiny of our country. How many women have done this in the whole history of Germany?

Doubtless this lack of participation by women in politics is one of the basic reasons for the political imbalance of our country and for the ease with which it allows itself to be dragged into disasters.

Public opinion in Germany is now in the process of taking a dangerous turn which will once again lead to a domesticated woman dedicated to providing her husband with the greatest possible comfort and to her natural reproductive function.


I belonged to the German Social Democratic Party. After my book was published, Willy Brandt, who at that time was mayor of West Berlin, received me in his office and told me about his stay in Paris after he had fled his country in 1937. I know many Germans consider him a traitor, but I admire him for not having said, "My country right or wrong."

I was to meet Willy Brandt again later.


When I went back to work at OFA in October 1966, my job in the information division had been eliminated for "budgetary reasons." I found myself back at the typewriter, and sometimes at the switchboard, frustrated by lack of opportunity for creative work.


In December 1966, our whole family rented a spacious six room apartment in a splendid turn-of-the- century building on rue de l'Alboni overlooking the Seine. My sister-in-law, my brother-in-law, their four- month-old son Maldoror, Raissa, and the three of us all moved in together. It is in this very building and in this very apartment that they filmed, after our departure in 1970, the celebrated movie The Last Tango in Paris.

Our pets were also part of the family: Minette, our alley cat; Nikita, Tanya's white cat; Petia, the gentle cocker spaniel; and Kroutch, the hamster. Serge budgeted our expenses: we paid two-fifths of the rent; Tanya and Alik, the same; Raissa, one-fifth.

I was in charge of the food, and two or three times a week I went marketing at Les Halles. We were able to hire a maid and two au pair girls – one for the morning, the other for the afternoon – to look after the children. It was a fascinating experience, this family kibbutz in Passy. Just as we were getting settled there, Kurt-Georg Kiesinger
     
   
 
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