German, 92, complains at portrayal as wartime lover
A German man, 92, who served with a murderous Nazi unit in the Warsaw Ghetto has complained about a book that portrayed him as a tender lover, court officials in the city of Leipzig said.
17 December 2007
Leipzig, Germany (dpa) - A German man, 92, who served with a murderous Nazi unit in the Warsaw Ghetto has complained about a book that portrayed him as a tender lover, court officials in the city of Leipzig said Monday.
Lisl Urban, 93, had written an autobiography in which she briefly described her love affair in the Czech capital Prague with Eike, a German army captain, and how she became pregnant and prepared to move to Poland to join him.
But Eike - a pseudonym - jilted her and married a Polish woman instead.
The court said the story was clearly about the complainant, but the judges ruled that it was not defamatory, but kind toward him. They rejected a demand for changes in the book.
The publishers told the court there was another side to Eike, which had not been mentioned in the book.
He had not been in the German army at all, but had been an officer in the SS, the Nazi Party's brutal security force. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem said his unit had killed people in the district where Jewish people were detained in the Polish capital.