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French witnesses make to our requests for identification of the photographs.

Late in October I sent Ludolph various affidavits from people who had met Barbie and recognized him more or less definitely as the man in the La Paz picture.

On November 2, L'Aurore ran the picture of Barbie I had given it as well as the anthropometric test, and captioned it: "The Murderer of Jean Moulin." Philippe Bernert wrote that he was amused to see that "for the first time B.K. is leading a crusade with the blessing and support of an important West German judge, even though she is out on bail and under prosecution from the Cologne Attorney General for having tried to kidnap Lischka. A paradoxical situation for Prosecutor Ludolph's new assistant!"

A few weeks later Ludolph asked me if I would get in touch with a German living in Lima, Peru, who thought he could identify Barbie as a businessman who had recently come to La Paz. The German had seen Barbie's 1943 picture in a recent issue of Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung that had come to him in Lima. I agreed.

The German's name was Herbert John, who, as I later learned, was the manager of Editoriales Unidas, a publishing firm owned by the extremely rich Luis Banchero Rossi, Peru's commercial fishing and fishmeal king.

On December 16, Prosecutor Rabl, who had made the decision to dismiss the Barbie case, wrote me:
I acknowledge receipt of your letter of November 19, 1971, containing the very interesting depositions of Mile. Forest and M. Halaunbrenner. Meanwhile the court has come into possession of recent photographs that may be of Barbie. I have just requested the Anthropological and Ethnographical Institute of Munich University to give me an expert opinion on the question of identity. I hope to have its report by the end of the year. After we receive it, I should be very happy if you could come to Munich to discuss in detail what steps should be taken.

Prosecutor Rabl had been absent from Germany in recent months on a mission to Israel to interrogate witnesses in another case. Furthermore, Rabl was half Jewish; his father, who had been a civil servant in the Berlin patent office, was dismissed when Hitler came into power. He was a young man whose only real interest, he told me, was Oriental art. He had forgotten his family's unpleasant experiences and felt quite comfortable in the inner circles of the
     
   
 
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