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ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP
KURT LISCHKA

On February 7, 1971, I was in a jail cell in Prague. Two months later I was in another jail cell – this time in Cologne. I had directed a commando operation aimed at kidnapping one of the most prominent Nazi criminals, S.S.-Obersturmbannführer Kurt Lischka.

We had carefully studied the legal aspects of such a kidnapping and relied on the opinion of Colonel Antoine Argoud, leader of the terrorist organization that sought to keep Algeria French, that the manner in which someone who had been tried in absentia was brought back to France would not constitute a major obstacle to his being tried again. Male captus, bene detentus – seized illegally, held legally.

Serge approached Marco, his old friend from his School of Political Science days, for help in recruiting an anti-Lischka gang. It ended up with Marco and me as the only non-Jewish members, a photographer named Eli, a doctor named David, and Serge as the Jews.

DVZ furnished the necessary funds, although not intentionally. It had fired me after my escapade in Prague, but I went to Düsseldorf and demanded from Bausch, its political editor who believed the Communist Party right even when it was wrong, the three months' separation pay to which I was entitled. I had to threaten
     
   
 
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