The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
© 1978, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
 
 
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Beate Klarsfeld was born in Berlin in 1939. A German and Lutheran, she has become throughout the world, by virtue of her courageous acts, a symbol of the most praiseworthy struggle against anti Semitism, against the vestiges of Nazism and for peace between the Arab countries and Israel. These words describing Beate Klarsfeld were sent from Israel to Oslo in 1977, when she was the first German to be nominated by Israel for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her candidacy was supported by fifty six members of the Knesseth (among whom we may cite Menahem Begin, Itzhak Navon, Abba Eban) and by numerous university professors.

For ten years, she has led the combat to end the impunity of Nazi criminals. In 1975, she succeeded in obtaining the ratification by the Bundestag of the law authorizing the trial of leaders of the Nazi police network which operated in France. In July 1978, she was instrumental in obtaining the indictment of the three Nazis primarily responsible for the deportation of 76.000, Jews from France : Lischka, Hagen and Heinrichsohn are to be tried in Cologne.

Beate Klarsfeld awoke the conscience of the German people when in 1968 she publicly slapped Kurt Georg Kiesinger, former Nazi propagandist in a courageous protest against the latter's presence in the German chancellery.

Arrested several times in Germany, Mrs. Klarsfeld was imprisoned in Warsaw in 1970 and in Prague in 1971 as she demonstrated against anti-Semitic campaigns and repression. She was again arrested in 1972 in La Paz, where she found and identified the former head of the Gestapo of Lyon, Klaus Barbie. She demonstrated in Damascus after the Yom Kippur war against the refusal to publish a list of Israeli prisoners of war and against their mistreatment. In October 1974, she was arrested in Rabat, during the summit meeting of the Arab States, as she was distributing in the streets leaflets in favour of Israel. In May 1977, she demonstrated in Buenos Aires and in Montevideo to denounce torture and growing anti-Semitism.

In 1977, Beate Klarsfeld was honoured in New York with the first Adele Rosenwald Award of the United Jewish Appeal. She lectures in the United States every year under the auspices of the Anti Defamation League of the B'Nai Brith. The Klarsfelds and their two children live in Paris.

Serge Klarsfeld, a lawyer, also holds a Master's degree in history from the Sorbonne. He is in addition a graduate of the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris.

Born in 1935, he escaped by miracle from the Gestapo at the time of the arrest of his father. The elder Klarsfeld perished at Auschwitz.

Active with his wife in the fight to obtain the trial of Nazi criminals, Serge Klarsfeld is the most virulent enemy of the Neo Nazis in Germany. He is also the author of the monumental << Memorial of the Deportation of the Jews from France
     
   

 
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