BEATE KLARSFELD TRIAL HELD UP
AFTER UPROAR IN COLOGNE COURT
French resistance fighters heckle witness
By BRIAN ARTHUR West German authorities for his ing thousands of French Jews and pointed at you and nobody ca
Jerusalem Post Correspondent part in the wartime deportation of others to concentration camps, did you a killer?
and Agencies French Jews to Nazi death camps. the former Gestapo chief's hands At this point the judge objected
COLOGNE. — The trial here Nor can he be transferred to France begin to tremble. to the phrasing of the question.
of Nazi-hunter Beate Klarsfeld to serve the life imprisonment sen- A tense dialogue then ensued be- Marinsky reworded his interro
broke up in disorder yesterday when tence imposed on him by the French tween Marinsky and the witness: tion.
former French resistance fighters court. MARINSKY: Have you any sen- c ue
The judge at one point a c s d
and war victims heckled a major Lischka was sentenced in his ab- timents about the number 195590? lawyer Marinsky of breaching court
witness and sang the French na- sence by a French court in 1950 for LISCHKA, I don't know what regulations by exchanging notes
tional anthem. his part in the deportation to death this number means.
MARINSKY: Surely you remem- with an Israeli journalist and an
The judge adjourned the hearing camps of 100,000 French Jews. observer from the Israeli embassy
after the uproar in the public gal- Mrs. Klarsfeld admits that she, ber your personal number in the
S.S.? in Bonn, press attache Yehuda M
lery, which came during the tes- her French-Jewish husband Serge
timony of Kurt .Lischka, 65-year- and several French friends tried to LISCHKA: I don't remember it Speaking in English, Mr. M rn ai -
old former Gestapo chief of Paris. abduct Lischka in order to draw any more at all. sky fired back at the judge through
Mrs. Klarsfeld allegedly tried to attention to the delay in treaty ap- MARINSKY: Perhaps you re- an interpreter that he (Marinsky)
kidnap him. proval. She is now using her trial member your Nazi party number? was being accused of receiving in-
The court earlier turned down An on kidnapping charges as a public LISCHKA: No. struction from the Israeli embassy.
appeal by French President Valery forum in her fight against pro- MARINSKY: Why don't you want He went on: "Mr. Chairman,
Giscard d'Estaing on behalf of Mrs. minent Nazis still active in West to talk about the years from 1936 please note that the Israeli Bar
Klarsfeld. German life. to 1945 ? Are you ashamed ? Association which sent me here
Judge Viktor de Somoskeoy said Tension mounted to a highpoint seemed to be of the opinion that
the French leader's intervention had LISCHKA: (Referring to his right I am capable of conducting h te
in the courtroom when Lischka was to refuse testimony which might
been rejected because to heed it led in to testify ' only a few feet case without instructions.
would amount to interference in the incriminate him) I refuse to answer
from where Mrs. Klarsfeld was sit- this question. "I learned my legal and moral
independence of a West German ting with her three defence attor- message 30 years ago when I
court of law, and was not ad- neys. She appeared visibly at pains The lawyer, seeking to show that learned that almost all of my family
missible as evidenqe. to control her emotions, seldom look- Lischka lived a respected existence had been liquidated by the Nazi
Dr. Somoskeoy said the French ing directly at Lischka and occa- in Germany since the war's end, then
President had expressed concern to sionally resting her forehead and tried a different approach:
the West German Government that covering her eyes with her right MARINSKY: How long have you
Mrs. Klarsfeld might be given a hand. lived in Cologne ?
severe prison sentence. LISCHKA: Since 1950.
The French President's letter, Lischka, a large, balding man MARINSKY: For 21 consecutive
which the judge rea 'to the court, with spectacles and wearing a light- years, is that correct? Is that
drew attention to the fact that the coloured raincoat, carefully answered correct ?
1971 Franco-German extradition the judge's questioning on the de- LISCHKA: Yes.
treaty had yet to be ratified by the tails of the 1971 kidnapping at- MARINSKY: Nobody attacked you
Bonn Parliament, and it appealed tempt. in these 'years, until these people
for unrestricted right of testimony Only when Mrs. Klarsfeld's Israeli (referring to Mrs. Klarsfeld and her
for French witnesses at the trial. lawyer, Arie Marinsky, began his group) ?
Until ratification of the treaty, cross examination in an effort to LISCHKA: No.
Lischka cannot be prosecuted by bring out Lischka's role in deport- MARINSKY: Not a finger was