and took off early one Monday afternoon, leaving me
in tears. My brother-in-law Alik had promised Serge that he would look after
Arno and me if anything should happen to him. I did not try to discourage Serge
from going, for I had visited Israel with him the previous year and knew his
devotion to the Jewish cause. I also knew the dangers that threatened Israel.
Serge's plane was delayed in Athens, but twenty-four hours later an El
Al plane took on all who wanted to cross the Mediterranean. On Wednesday, he
was one of the first to gather at the Wailing Wall.
There was no
further need for volunteers, but by using his old ORTF card Serge was able to
follow the Israeli troops in their attack on Syria. When the fighting was over
on Saturday, he took a plane to Bucharest. The following Monday, Josy and Serge
went back to work at Continental Grains.
On August 30, 1967, the OFA
I telephoned Serge at once, my throat so tight that my voice
was barely audible:
"The director has just forwarded me a letter from
the Secretary General of the OFA that says I'm about to be disciplined."
"For being late?" was Serge's first thought.
"No. For reasons
of policy. Listen to what it says: '. . . I have had to authorize disciplinary
action against you with a view toward your dismissal. The reason is that an
article entitled "Germany's Troubled Sleep," which appeared over your signature
in Combat on July 27, 1967, is a serious infraction of the rules governing OFA
employees . . .'"
"Speak more distinctly. I can't understand
I went on reading:
"'To be specific, you wrote as
follows: "If the USSR recognized the danger Kiesinger represents to
democracy in Germany in the future, and if it truly wanted to get rid of
him, there is no doubt that it would be morally justified in the eyes of the
whole world. If it did so, the USSR would greatly influence Germany in the
direction of democracy and socialism . . . . Kiesinger has been pussyfooting in
these early days of his regime, for the man who was able to gain as high a
reputation in the ranks of the Brownshirts as he has now attained with the
Christian Democrats is well aware of how much his future will depend on the
first weeks of his administration."