at liberty, and that if the Bundestag did not ratify
the treaty, we would take the same measures against the other criminals, whose
names and addresses we knew. Our next victim would be Herbert Hagen of
Warstein, and we gave details on his Nazi past. Soon his picture was in the
German papers along with his curriculum vitae. Thus, the two top men on our
list, on whom we had prepared full reports, were brought out of the shadows.
Hagen immediately appealed to the police. |
If I had merely shown my data
around editorial offices, I certainly would not have obtained such results.
During the following days the German press reacted quite strongly to
the threat hanging over the head of a considerable number of German citizens.
Everyone knew the police could not provide protection for hundreds of people.
The entire problem, which up until then had remained in the shadows owing to
the impunity those butchers had enjoyed, was now at last exposed in such
articles as "Private War Against More than Three Hundred War Criminals," "B.K.:
We'll Take Care of the Rest," and "Who's Afraid of B.K.?"
Mahran wrote in Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung:
The methods of this active little woman,
who not only slapped Kiesinger but has staged protests against Stalinism and
anti-Semitism in Warsaw and Prague, have at last focused attention on unsettled
matters. S.S.-General Lammerding, who was responsible for Oradour, is dead, but
he was not the only one to profit from the Allies' mistake.
Wolf Scheller wrote in Vorwärts, the Social
Since March 22 several middle aged,
well-employed gentlemen have not been able to sleep well in the Federal
Republic. They have shut themselves up in their apartments, and won't answer
the telephone, or they have whoever does answer it say they are away. They are
not at home to anyone.
Some comments were very critical: "We
would rather live in a country without law than in one where people take the
law into their own hands," or "Whatever Dr. Lischka did, B.K. has no right to
abduct a German from Germany to bring pressure to bear on the Bundestag to
ratify a treaty."
Rainer Schmitz came to my defense in NRZ:
B.K. says, "I am a completely average
citizen, just like other women," but many do not believe her. The Cologne
public prosecutor told this