see his own signature under texts that were
irrefutable. A long silence. Then: |
"I signed them, but
administratively. I never killed anyone."
I answered: "The Jews were
conveyed to the gas chambers by a police and administrative machine. Neither
Hitler nor Himmler, nor Eichmann, nor you, killed anyone with your own hands,
but each of you in his own place helped make the death machine go." After this,
no more dialogue was possible.
Immediately following this, Peggy and I
questioned the persons named by Moritz. They did indeed know him and had until
then looked upon him as a solid and loyal leftist fighter. The last person we
interviewed was a woman who was very well known in those circles, the widow of
the man responsible for recruiting Moritz in 1946, when he was using a
fictitious name. He had admitted to having been a lieutenant in the S.S. but
"that will be taken care of, it is not serious." Paying small attention to the
moral qualifications of the man or to the accuracy of his statements, and no
doubt more concerned with his technical competence as an intelligence agent,
the man engaged Moritz.
The Moritz affair scandalized the extreme
leftists in Hamburg and they promptly parted company with him. The VVN accused
me of having revealed the affair because it was critical of Israel.
Meanwhile, in November 1972, my book was published in France. The
advance I received was of great material assistance. A number of Jewish
communities invited me to tell them about my work. I did this without pay, but
dozens in the audience bought my book. We need this money to live and to carry
on our work.
The Jewish social service fund (FSJU) asked Serge in
October 1971 to be director of their vacation centers. This was at the time of
the Barbie case and was the first concrete instance of Jewish support of our
action. There was one condition that Serge not be seen at public
protests, as the purpose of FSJU is social, not political. A few months later,
when I was in Bolivia, Serge was the only one in a position to explain the
complexities of what was going on to the press, radio, and television. I wasn't
there, and he and I were the only ones working on it. Except for Pierre-Bloch
and a few youths in LICA, the Jews of France and the resisters were spectators
and not actors in this drama.
Adam Loss, the director of FSJU, asked
Serge on several occasions to stop speaking in public or FSJU would have to let