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After the abortive kidnapping of Lischka on March 22, I had to get the ball rolling on the Lischka affair because the German police were certainly going to try to hush it up.

So the next morning I telephoned a Cologne newspaper, the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, told them I was Frau Schmidt who lived on Bergisch-Gladbacher-Strasse, and that I had seen an attempted kidnapping the previous day: "Some young people hit a man with a blackjack. I am amazed. The police came and still there is nothing about it in the papers this morning."

A reporter replied: "Yes, there is. There's a small item at the bottom of page two: 'Four unknown persons attacked a businessman early yesterday afternoon and fled.'"

I realized that I had not been mistaken. There must have been a police report. Lischka surely would have been taken to a hospital for treatment. Plainclothesmen had been there. There were witnesses. And the Cologne police certainly knew Lischka well – they knew him all the better as he was Gestapo chief in Cologne in 1939 and 1940.

I called another newspaper, the Kölner Rundschau:

"Hello. My name is Schmidt, and I live at 59 Bergisch-Gladbacher-Strasse. Yesterday I witnessed an incident on Maria-Himmelfahrt-Strasse. I can't find anything about it in your paper
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