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Bonn. He had crossed the border in a sleeping car without incident. We distributed invitations to all the press offices stating that Serge, although under the threat of arrest, would speak. By 2 P.M. the room was filled with journalists. No sooner had Serge entered than three police officers and two warrant officers appeared and declared him under arrest. But by now he had had ample time to declare to the assembled press that "German justice is arresting me just as I am about to reveal what has become of the head of the Gestapo in Paris, the deputy to Kurt Lischka" ... and amid the general excitement he named the posts currently held by Illers.

Meanwhile I was distributing files of documents signed by Illers, and very eloquent these documents were. For example, on October 11, 1942, Illers mentions that he will suggest 132 persons (for the firing squad); and on October 18, 1942, he notes cynically, referring to the next batch of hostages: "Most are Spanish Reds, but that should be no obstacle to accepting them as hostages. Spain doesn't want them back, and consequently no difficulties are expected to arise from their execution."

Serge had to spend only one hour in jail; he was released on bail and in an odd way: Since he refused to hand over a single mark, the court at Cologne, embarrassed by the case, halved my 30,000-mark bail of April 1971, thus reducing it to 15,000 marks and then attributing the remaining 15,000 marks to Serge's.

The same day, Dr. Illers was retired as of the previous day. The case received much publicity. In an interview Dr. Illers said: "All this is very distasteful; it may result in my losing half my pension." Not the least thought for his victims, who had lost that with which his threatened loss can hardly be compared.

December 1972. Brandt has just won the legislative election by a clear majority. We decide to demand ratification in front of the Bundestag on the day Brandt presents his new government. The association of survivors of Auschwitz send ten delegates, with their chairman, Georges Wellers, in charge. During this project we become acquainted with Julien Aubart, the Jewish resister who had received many awards for his bravery and was deported to Auschwitz at the age of twenty. He brought along two of his friends, Henri Pudeleau and Henri Wolff, escapees from Auschwitz, like himself twenty years old at that time, and after the war militant activists in the Irgun, the clandestine military organization of Jews in Palestine. Thanks to them and them alone, Serge
    
   
 
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