[clandes] tine subsidy from East Germany, but the DVZ
editors denied that they had been pressured into hiring me. |
30. Cologne. My talk on imprisonment while awaiting trial helped warm up
the audience. Other speakers dwelt on the fascism that exists in Greece, Spain,
and Portugal, for there were immigrant workers in the hall. The young people
wanted to go into action, but unfortunately they had no program for doing so.
The meeting broke up early. A first division descended on the Greek and
Portuguese consulates; windows and doors were broken at the United States
Information Agency; the Spanish Railway Office was damaged, as well as a
Spanish community center and the Greek Club. Police sirens shrieked throughout
In Frankfurt hundreds of protesters answered the call of the
Students for a Democratic Society, which wanted to celebrate in its own way the
thirty-sixth anniversary of Hitler's rise to power. There was a gala
performance at the opera for the benefit of the Foundation for the Aid of
German Sport. The cream of the German establishment was there expecting to have
a pleasant evening, even though they could hardly fail to remember the
historical event it commemorated. It was a real provocation for the
antifascists. Students greeted the Chancellor with shouts of "Sieg heil!
Kiesinger is a Nazi! Slap Kiesinger!" They blocked traffic and overturned
automobiles. Violence erupted all over West Germany.
I spoke in the largest auditorium of the University of Hamburg. Two thousand in
attendance, and an impressive number of police.
Duisburg. And freezing cold! I spoke in the Town Hall Square. Fortunately my
speech was short, for I had to turn the pages with my glove off and I was
getting numb. In the evening I left by car for Dortmund. There I took the night
train to Berlin for a meeting at the Free University.
3. Serge joined me to help me prepare for the hearing before the Court of
Appeals. The election of the President of the Federal Republic took place
today. Heinrich Lübke, the former President, had been unseated by Germans
from the East and by his own behavior. He had had to resign his position
prematurely after having been accused of designing huts for concentration
camps. He denied drawing the plans, but handwriting analyses convicted him.