WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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BLOCKING
A NAZI FROM THE
COMMON MARKET

On March 30, 1970, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich's big independent daily, reported that Ernst Achenbach was the candidate to succeed Fritz Hellwig as the German member of the Committee of the European Economic Community (EEC) in Brussels. The paper went on to say that Achenbach, a Free Democratic Party (FDP) member of the Bundestag, would soon be appointed by the federal government.

I had come across Achenbach several times during my research into Kiesinger's past. Out of my files I drew a memorandum dated June 28, 1940, from Schlottman of the Cultural Division of the Foreign Ministry, radio section, to Otto Abetz, the German ambassador to Paris. The memorandum stated that the embassy secretary, Dr. Ernst Achenbach, was to set the political policy of the department handling German broadcasts in Occupied France.

Well, well, well. Here was another familiar name: Dr. Gustav Sonnenhol was the head of that department. Just a few weeks ago, the President of the Federal Republic, Gustav Heinemann, had personally opposed his nomination as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs because of the role he had played in 1943-44. Perhaps it
     
   
 
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