Republic sent a memorandum to the Minister of
Justice, doubtless in reply to a request from him for information about
Altmann, whom the prosecutors knew was actually Barbie. Mention was made in it
of a secret report about Altmann from the German Embassy in La Paz. That
report, which follows, tells a good deal about his status in Bolivia. |
He and his family arrived in Bolivia in May
1951, via Argentina. On October 7, 1957, he became a Bolivian citizen. Our
investigations could not go much further, for Altmann enjoys extremely cordial
relations with the Bolivian authorities. According to unconfirmed rumors, the
Barbie family entered Bolivia with foreign (Vatican) passports. His daughter
Ute asked us for a residence visa to the Federal Republic to work for the
Boehringer Company in Mannheim, which her father represents. She gave her
father's previous nationality as "Polish."
We advise your making a very
discreet inquiry, for Klaus Altmann is very close to persons in the inner
circles of the Bolivian government and to former Nazis now living in South
America, such as Fritz Schwend in Lima.
Attached is a photograph of
Altmann, showing him in the center of a group, which appeared in a Bolivian
It is not at all unlikely that from time to time
Barbie also worked for the CIA. He is an integral part of the present
oppressive Bolivian fascist regime. General Juan José Torres, former
Bolivian Chief of State, who took refuge in Chile, stated:
I am not surprised that the present
Bolivian government is protecting that butcher and war criminal Klaus Barbie.
It would be logical for them to do so. The same fascism that yesterday tried to
reduce the French people to slavery, today wants to do the same to the people
of Bolivia. The conditions are different, but the means are identical.