In July, my Serge went back to Israel to work on my
case with Tamir and also to continue our campaign against Achenbach during the
visit of Bonn's Foreign Minister Walter Scheel. On television, on radio, and in
the papers, Tamir and Serge kept asking Scheel the same question: "How can you
retain as parliamentary spokesman for the FDP a man with a past like
Achenbach's?" That is the way to undermine the standing and the influence of a
German political leader. |
Meanwhile the Barbie case had cropped up, but
we did not want to interrupt our schedule of attacks on the big criminals such
as Lischka and Hagen. We had to invent activities that would be peaceable but
still focus a little more attention on those S.S. chiefs.
13, 1972, for example, we left for Warstein, where Herbert Hagen lived, armed
with pamphlets summarizing his career, showing his picture, and giving his
address and his current positions. On the back was a letter addressed to the
citizens of Warstein, asking them to ostracize Adolf Eichmann's former boss.
Aside from André Levy, a former deportee, only young people went
to Warstein with me: Elisabeth Lenchener, Jeannot Janower, David Soucot, David
Tordjman, and Yossi Kuperholc.
Our journey by train and car was tedious
but without incident. Television crews and several reporters, who had been
alerted, were on hand to meet us. They accompanied us to Hagen's comfortable
house, which we plastered with posters.
The police got there quickly,
but although we used the same glue that had scarred the windows in Essen, they
did not interfere. The imprisonment and trial of the three young men in Essen
had given the LICA prominence in Germany; the police did not want to repeat
That afternoon we passed out pamphlets in the city, and
held animated discussions with the citizens of Warstein, who now at last knew
about Hagen's past. Some of them approved of what we were doing; others did not
want "ancient history" brought up.
But Warstein had been aroused over
the Hagen case. The deputy mayor of the city received us cordially, carefully
avoiding involving himself personally. The demonstration was broadcast that
evening on German television and radio, and the newspapers reported it. That is
how Hagen was brought out of the shadows by