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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 newspaper.

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.
     
   
 
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