WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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ARREST IN WARSAW
AND PRAGUE

I now turned my attention toward the East, for if Brandt were to take his place in history, it would depend on how he dealt with that area. Also, I was distressed by rumbles of anti-Semitism coming from the East.

Once the German elections were over, I telephoned a Polish dipomat named Dmowsky, who a few months earlier had invited me to visit Poland. I told him that I was now ready to accept, because not only did I like to travel, but I also wanted to lecture to young Poles and tell them about the struggle young German anti-fascists were making. I told Dmowsky that I definitely wanted to speak at Auschwitz.

He must have suspected what I would say, for in spite of several more telephone calls the invitation was not renewed.

Some time earlier, on October , 1969, I had been invited to East Berlin for the celebration of the German Democratic Republic's twentieth anniversary. Ulbricht shook my hand cordially. Perhaps my persistence was the reason for the attention I now got from that little man who was the embodiment of communist Germany, and who would be remembered in the history of Germany for having transformed the zone he dominated into one of the world's highly industrialized regions. A member of the Central
     
   
 
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