move against people who take action against them,
even when that action is against the law. If he sent me to jail, he would
render the whole situation extremely critical. Then not only would the war
criminals continue enjoying their impunity, but their accuser, a militant
anti-Nazi, would have been imprisoned instead of them. |
that he would go to any lengths to get me out of jail if I should be arrested,
but I was not very optimistic about seeing Paris again in the near future. I
chose not to think about that. Ralph and I took the usual night train to
Germany and arrived in Cologne at 6:15 A.M. It was April 1, and so when I
telephoned the German Press Service to tell them I was there, they thought it
was an April Fool's joke.
A little before 11 A.M., a procession
consisting of Ralph, me, and several reporters went from the Press Building to
the courthouse in Appellhofplaz, a short distance away. There some other
reporters, some still photographers, and some motion-picture cameramen were
waiting for us. Ralph posed for them in his concentration-camp uniform, which
was half covered with decorations. The uniform, however, was now so tight that
a reporter had to tear it both front and back so that Ralph could button it. We
climbed up to Bellinghausen's office, where we found another fifteen reporters.
I introduced myself.
"I know," Bellinghausen said. "Just about five
minutes ago I heard you were in Cologne."
"Dr. Bellinghausen," I said,
"the first thing I wanted to do was to come here with M. Feigelson to bring you
these files. Aside from that I want to assure you that what has appeared in the
newspapers is absolutely accurate. I am responsible for the attack on Lischka."
"I have a warrant for your arrest in my desk," the magistrate said.
"You are now under arrest."
He allowed me to invite the reporters into
his small office, and about forty rushed in. I made a short statement:
"The German police have failed in their efforts to keep this matter
quiet and to hush up my campaign against S.S.-Obersturmbannführer Lischka.
Our data contain, among other things, documents that prove his cooperation with
Hagen and Achenbach in anti-Jewish activities. Hagen has retained Achenbach as
his lawyer. Achenbach is now a member of the Bundestag for the liberal FDP
party and, of course, has no wish to have his collaboration