WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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good papa. Now, God, I ask for only one thing more: bring back my parents, my poor parents who are suffering and who are such good parents. Protect them even more than me, so that I may see them again as soon as possible. Let them come back just once. I trust You so completely that I thank You in advance."

Friends, that little boy's parents died. The little boy himself took the train to Auschwitz. Perhaps it is not true that the good are rewarded and the wicked punished. That little boy's letter might have been from any of those children the Nazis murdered. That is why I ask you to join me in a common endeavor to seek justice, for without that there is no true homage to the victims.

The young members of the LICA came to the support of our cause. On May 11, six of them left for Bonn armed with pamphlets. Elisabeth Hajdenberg, twenty; René Levy, twenty; Claude Pierre-Bloch, twenty-eight. They all interrupted debates in the Bundestag by shouting: "Punish the Nazi war criminals!" and by tossing around their pamphlets in which was written in both French and German:
Members of the German Parliament, ratify the February 2, 1971 treaty that Brandt has already signed. Stop letting Nazi criminals like Lischka live in freedom and respectability.

Brandt has earned the respect of the whole world, but neither the Bundestag nor German justice has.

Expel Ernst Achenbach, an active participant in the deportation of Jews from France, from the Bundestag.

The young people were hustled out by the soldiers on guard, but they were not much hurt, except for Claude Pierre-Bloch, who got a nasty blow in the solar plexus.

At the same time three other young persons – Gilles Lagassy, Marc Pucleleau, and Gaby Khalepski – were explaining to reporters in the Bonn Press Building the reasons for the Bundestag incident.

That sensational protest made a great stir in the Federal Republic, for it was the first demonstration in Germany of French Jews acting as such. All the daily papers devoted columns to it and printed their pictures. The great quantity of editorials about it proved that the young LICA members had touched a sensitive spot. In a few weeks the Germans had to admit that I was not alone.

On June 24, 1971, the young LICA members set off for Ger […many]
     
   
 
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