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They were on my side, but they irritated me with all their patronizing, tried-and-true bits of advice.

I settled with Matthiessen that I would be in my electoral district whenever Kiesinger was there. The ADF would help me carry on my campaign.

On May 10 I took the night train, by myself as usual, and stretched out on yet another banquette for the trip to Stuttgart, where a NPD Congress of neo Nazis was to meet over the weekend. Serge, who was going to demonstrate with me, had already arrived. Our first disappointment was to find that the Social Democrats and the union leaders had taken off for the weekend. The NPD's rabid security force had transformed the Congress hail into a fortress. They had barricaded the entrance with wooden boards, and turned themselves into a human barrier by linking hands and spreading their lederhosen-clad legs. I shuddered at the thought of having to tangle with those giants, and the young demonstrators apparently did too, for there were no hand to hand encounters.

It was extremely important that our protest against the NPD get full attention so that it could not be said that the neo Nazis met with no opposition. We decided to make the most of our ridiculously pitiful resistance. The press would be looking for something sensational to report. If nothing happened, they would merely print a picture of Adolf von Thadden speaking. So why shouldn't we give them a chance for a picture that would reflect our line and not the NPD's?

I proposed that we hang a huge Nazi flag in the main square and solemnly proclaim Stuttgart the foremost Nazi city in Germany. Getting the material for the flag was no cinch. Sewing it up was no cinch either, not to mention painting a swastika on it. But finally we produced a reasonably good flag.

Luck was with us. We made such an impression right in the center of the city that the picture of our flag and of us haranguing the good citizens of Stuttgart appeared in the papers of Germany and the rest of the world with the caption: "Germans Protest Neo-Nazi Congress."

May 28. Back in East Berlin, I assembled photographs of documents to illustrate the book on Kiesinger that the Heinrich Heine Publishing Company of Frankfurt had commissioned. It was to have a much more controversial tone than the previous one, for I
    
   
 
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