In a interview given in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday (16 January), celebrated Nazi-hunter Frau Beate Klarsfeld explained the reasons behind her request that the Egyptian authorities expel West German parliamentarian Dr.
In a interview given in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday (16 January), celebrated Nazi-hunter Frau Beate Klarsfeld explained the reasons behind her request that the Egyptian authorities expel West German parliamentarian Dr. Ernst Achenbach from the Association for European-Arab Co-operation.
Frau Klarsfeld arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to present her case to the Egyptian authorities. She alleges that Dr. Achenbach -- a German diplomat in France during the Second World War -- knew in advance about the deportation of French Jews. She further claims that Dr. Achenbach has recently used his parliamentary position in West German to prevent German courts from trying ex-Nazis for war crimes committed in France.
Dr. Achenbach -- a member of the Free Democrat party and co-founder of the Association for European-Arab Co-operation -- resigned from the West German Foreign Affairs Committee last year after criticism of his wartime role in France. But he has strongly denied prior knowledge of the deportation of French Jews.
Frau Klarsfeld's career as a Nazi-hunter has brought her into conflict with the authorities in several countries. In November 1968, the German-born Frenchwoman was sentenced to one year's imprisonment by a West German court after striking a prominent politician because of his alleged former association wit the Nazi regime. In July 1974, an unsuccessful attempt to kidnap Paris's alleged wartime Gestapo head Kurt Lischuka brought Frau Klarsfeld a two-month prison sentence from a French court. Later in the year she was expelled from Morocco in October for distributing pro-Israeli documents outside the Arab summit conference in the capital, Rabat.