WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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The court explodes. Our friends have risen and start up the Marseillaise. There are shouts of "Assassin! Nazi!" Jean Pierre-Bloch, a former cabinet member under General de Gaulle, is seized by the throat and beaten by a guard. Police enter the courtroom in numbers. The session dissolves in total dismay. In France, and even in Germany, the press reaction is extraordinary. Now all eyes are on the trial.

Fourth session, Tuesday, July 2. Lischka completes his testimony. Marinsky recalls how Lischka reacted when we demonstrated in his office in May 1973. "Just like the good old days, Obersturmbannführer, you with a pistol and a Jew with his face to the wall."
JUDGE: "I must warn you once more that you must address the witness with all the respect due to the court. No more questions like that."
MARINSKY: "Yes, I forgot myself.... I have to keep remembering that people here don't like to be reminded of the good old days."

In a calmer atmosphere two French witnesses, Georges Wellers and Joseph Billig, are called to the stand. De Somoskoey, more cautious after reading the morning papers, exhibits the patience of an angel. These two witnesses are very important. In the course of three years Wellers saw tens of thousands of Jews transferred from Drancy, the anteroom of Death, to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. He tells how thousands of children were led lamentably to an atrocious death.

Joseph Billig gives a masterly presentation of Lischka's career. Of course, since there are no noisy incidents, practically none of these essential depositions are reported in the German press. We will have to stir up some commotion tomorrow to break this silence.

Fifth session, Wednesday, July 3. The climax of the trial is reached. Returning to the intervention of Giscard d'Estaing, the judge terms it intolerable. The lawyer appointed by the court to defend me suddenly rises and stigmatizes the gesture of the President of the Republic, "a pressure tactic reminiscent of the Nazi era." I rise and protest: "Herr Jochum is not my attorney, he is Herr de Somoskoey's," and I praise the intervention of Giscard d'Estaing as desired and approved by so many Frenchmen.

The first witness of the day is René Clavel. He will turn out to be the last of my witnesses. For more than an hour, impetuously and relentlessly, he puts the trial on trial. With his pitiless dis […agreeable]
     
   
 
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