salvation can be attained only with the forces of the
Axis; they stand ready to deliver you from the Jewish pestilence." (Shortly
thereafter Schirmer went on leave for "reasons of health.") |
later, on February 17, I am in Strasbourg to witness the vote in the European
Parliament unanimous except for the German CSU of the extreme right
on a resolution condemning all amnesty for the war criminals and
demanding their punishment. It is through such processes that the political
morality common to the countries of Western Europe is expressed. Achenbach has
always proposed general amnesty. Through our action, and that of all our
friends, such an amnesty has not only been denied but also solemnly condemned.
Achenbach, having already been forced to resign his post as president of the
European Parliament's Commission for Development and Cooperation, has not shown
himself in Strasbourg. Serge, Julien Aubart, Francis Lenchener, and I have been
distributing to each member of the Parliament a copy of our study on him.
On February 21, the other German House, the Bundesrat, votes
unanimously for ratification of the agreement. The Christian Democrats, who are
in the majority there, realize that a negative vote risks deterioration of
Franco-German relations anew. In consequence they are obliged to take the
position contrary to the one they adopted three weeks earlier in the Bundestag.
This time ratification is wholly won.
An enormous weariness weighs upon
me ... all that work, all those financial problems. But I look at my little
family, so close-knit, and confidence springs up again and courage, too.
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