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FIRST POLITICAL
INVOLVEMENTS

Serge had come back from East Germany not only with data on Kiesinger, but also with information that was to further strengthen my resolve to have my case against the OFA heard in a French court and not by the OFA's arbitration committee.


Serge had asked the East Germans to check on the past history of the German member of that committee. We were given official documents to the effect that Walter Hailer, who was to pass upon the legality of my dismissal, was himself a former Nazi and, to complete the irony, had joined the Party on the same day as Kiesinger: May 1, 1933. His card was No. 3,579,848. Hailer, regional orator of the Nazi Party and member of the S.A., was now in 1968 one of the highest magistrates of the Federal Republic of Germany and president of the administrative court of Wurttemberg-Baden.

I soon had data on Hailer, which I sent to the French President's office as well as to Jacques Rietsch, the judge of the Paris administrative court and the French member of the OFA's arbitration committee. Rietsch admitted to me that he was astonished to learn that his colleague would have a conflict of interest if he sat on the hearing. His surprise was still greater when he learned that Kiesinger had appointed Hailer to that committee.

Enraged by what I knew about Hailer, I wondered whether any
     
   
 
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