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BEATE KLARSFELD TRIAL HELD UP AFTER UPROAR IN COLOGNE COURT

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					 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

				
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