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by the Italians in the anti-Jewish program. He indicated that the German Embassy – that is, Achenbach – had been informed about it so that it might help induce the Italians to stop protecting Jews.

Right after that memorandum Achenbach signed and sent one of his own to Heinz Röthke, the chief of the Gestapo's Bureau for Jewish Affairs, that contained the embassy's report on the matter.

Today Achenbach is Herbert Hagen's lawyer. The two are linked by their complicity in the anti-Jewish campaign.

In 1943, Achenbach returned to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin where, under the supervision of S.S. Professor Franz Six, he directed two branches of the Political and Cultural Division. That is when Achenbach got to know the deputy director of the closely related Department of Political Broadcasting. Like his own, that department was famous for the number of young Nazis in it, all of whom were intelligent and efficient employees rather than career diplomats. Its deputy director was Kurt-Georg Kiesinger.

In 1953, he was involved in the Naumann conspiracy, in which he was active as liaison between the former Secretary of Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry and the big industrialists of the Ruhr. His intention, which the British thwarted, was to slip Nazis into all West German political parties in order to get them back into power through free elections.

In 1953, Achenbach wrote a preface to a book by Abetz, who was then a prisoner in France:
Can a Franco-German entente be seriously discussed when one of the most dedicated front-rank fighters for such an understanding, the German ambassador to Paris during the war, is still in prison? There is no better evidence of that man's integrity than, in spite of the injustice he has suffered, his continuous requests to his German friends to keep a Franco-German entente in mind.
An example of the "integrity" of the Nazi diplomats is this excerpt from a memo Abetz wrote on July 2, 1942:
In principle, the embassy has no objection to the deportation of forty thousand Jews to Auschwitz. Nevertheless, the following relevant facts should be considered. The embassy has always been of the opinion that anti Jewish measures should be executed in such a way that they will continue to increase the strong anti-Jewish sentiment in France, which is growing even stronger . . . . From the psychological point of view, the majority of the French people will be more impressed if deportation measures affect only non-French Jews and are not applied
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