criminals. But don't think these are commandos and
Nazi-hunters. They work with records, not with undercover manhunts. They never
transgress the law. The most effective Nazi-hunters are the East Germans, who
have a great interest in uncovering Nazis, especially if they hold high
positions in the Federal Republic. Whatever reasons you may wish to give for
East Germany's activities in this respect, the truth is that the East Germans
have done an extraordinary and systematic job. They have filed in their famous
'Brown Book' thousands of entries on important Nazis, and on occasion they have
circulated numerous individual files. |
"West German courts have also
collected a great deal of information, but frequently they do not use it. In
the case of the criminals who harassed France, the results are in: for
twenty-five years they have been living in peace. No one has bothered
Lammerding either at work or at play, yet his address is well known.
"Serge has said to me: 'Think of the feeling of power a man like
Lischka must have. He caused so many Jews to be killed that he is mentioned in
scientific works on genocide. He was sentenced in France, yet he keeps his name
in the Cologne telephone book. But who is really interested in the
executioners? No one except those who curse them at ceremonies commemorating
the Holocaust but do not make the slightest effort to disturb the peace of
those S.S. chiefs. I think the Jews have suffered so much at the hand of those
S.S. officers that they delude themselves that vengeance has been wrought.
Since the Eichmann trial they either believe or want to believe that these
criminals have been discreetly eliminated one by one, whereas they are right
under their noses and don't even take the trouble to conceal themselves. There
must be a reaction against all this from you, since you are a German,
and from me, since I am a Jew.'"
"What do you plan to do?" London
"We would like to focus attention on Lischka and Hagen. That's
the first step. We have already prepared a two-page article about them for
"But why don't you make a film about them? We would
broadcast it in Israel on the 'Panorama' program."
I was delighted, and
I accepted London's suggestion at once. On February 15, Serge wrote the script
for the broadcast, which was to last fifteen minutes if we succeeded in filming
Lischka and Hagen. On February 19, Combat published my article, and on
February 21, we went to work in Cologne.