KIESINGER'S RECORD |
It was only a step from rue des Saussaies to
the Elysée. I went there at once and asked for Secretary General Bernard
Tricot. He was astonished to see me, but he did listen. His reserved manner,
however, gave me little hope.
On September 13 he wrote: "I must tell
you that in my opinion the President's office has no authority to intervene on
your behalf Neither is it up to me to become involved in the proceedings your
have already instituted."
So the highest level French authorities were
washing their hands of the matter, even though I had been a French citizen for
I now had to fight on two levels: one, for justice by means
of a lawsuit; the other, to sway German and French opinion with the revelation
of Chancellor Kiesinger's Nazi past.
As a matter of fact, the two
became one, for we decided to bring the case before a French court rather than
before the OFA arbitration committee, which was composed of two judges
appointed by the German and French governments. Such a committee would bury the
matter quietly, whereas if the case were heard in the magistrate's court of the
Eighth Arrondissement in Paris, it would have a chance of reaching the public
through newspaper reports.