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I foresaw that there would be no test of strength with the Munich court now that the delegation had become so biased, we – Mme. Benguigui and I – would have to deliver the necessary blow.

I became even more determined when I received a letter of encouragement from Laure Moulin, sister of Resistance leader Jean Moulin. She wrote:
I don't know how to express my admiration for your unwavering courage in fighting for your country's acknowledgment of its mistakes and of the crimes the Nazis committed, and for sentencing them once and for all.

As I told you over the telephone, I cannot go with you to Munich this month because of my uncertain health, but I want to assure you that I entirely approve of your demonstration. Like you I strongly protest the shameful indulgence German courts, particularly the Munich court, have shown toward Nazi war criminals and toward that abominable Barbie who committed so many atrocities and murders in Lyon from 1942 to 1944.

I hold him personally responsible for the death of my brother Jean Moulin, whom he so maltreated and tortured that he was almost dead by the time Barbie shipped him to Paris on orders from his superiors. Consequently I am wholly and sincerely with you and with all Frenchmen and Germans who support your plan of action.

On Sunday, September 12, the day before the delegation was to leave, I returned to Lyon. That same evening Serge was to put Mme. Benguigui and M. Halaunbrenner on the train for Munich. The LICA was paying their expenses.

Dr. Dugoujon put me up at his house in Caluire, and we had dinner with Lucie Aubrac, the wife of Resistance fighter Raymond Aubrac, who had been arrested and tortured by Barbie at the same time as Jean Moulin. In spite of all I had been through during the past years, I was astonished when Dr. Dugoujon told me:

"Tomorrow you may not go with the delegation to the court in Munich. You must understand our position. The Foreign Minister has asked us not to disturb Franco-German relations in any way, and to behave with dignity and propriety. He has given us to understand that in order to obtain results we should not strike hard, but rather use a diplomatic approach. Also, one of the delegation is the wife of a high official in an international organization who has to be very careful what he does in that capacity, and he has requested that you do not go to court. I am sorry to have to upset you so, for it was you who got everything going."
     
   
 
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