WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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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 asked.

"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 Combat."

"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.
    
   
 
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