woman, for he took me back to my hotel in his brand
new big American car. |
In the lobby I was paged to the telephone. One of
the French Embassy staff wanted to meet me at the hotel but, out of caution, in
a room other than mine. The diplomat, who turned out to be Jewish, had kept up
with my previous activities. He told me that I had not been received at the
Embassy because I had not come on an official mission, but the Embassy was
eager to examine my documents. Could I trust him with them? He said he would
have them photocopied. So, naturally, I gave them to him.
afternoon the radio announced that the French ambassador had just requested
extradition. I felt relieved. During the night an American press correspondent
woke me up to tell me that I was going to be expelled in the morning for having
violated the tourist regulations.
And, indeed, on Wednesday a worried
Greminger, whose desk was piled high with all the morning newspaper stories
about Barbie, asked me to leave that same day for Paris via Lima. He was being
pressured about that, and he himself reserved a seat for me and then told me to
come back to see him at 2 P.M. Meanwhile, de Hoyos interviewed me on the road
above La Paz. I learned that Colonel Mario Zamorra, the Minister of the
Interior, had just announced that I had been expelled from the country, but
when I met Greminger that afternoon, he said that news was incorrect.
"You have not been expelled," he told me, "but I need some more
documents, and you are the only one who can get them for me. I have decided to
work with you, and I have just told the press." Indeed, his statement appeared
that afternoon: "Mme. Klarsfeld has left of her own accord."
policemen and an automobile were put at my disposal. We stopped at the French
Embassy, where I picked up my data, and then at the hotel, where I telephoned
several reporters and took away with me the reel of film Ladislas de Hoyos had
Late that afternoon two Lima police inspectors took me to an
office. I was not to wander about the city. "We are here to see to your
safety," they told me. "You risk being killed by Nazi organizations in Lima
that are furious over the campaign you have launched against them in South
I reached Herbert John by telephone, and he told me that