This piece comes from the stern archive and was first published on May 9, 1974. Two weeks earlier, on April 24, 1974, Günter Guillaume was arrested – that was exactly 50 years ago. On this occasion we are republishing the text about his son.

When his father was arrested shortly after seven in the morning in the apartment at Ubierstraße 107 in Bad Godesberg, 17-year-old Pierre Guillaume was still asleep. He was on vacation. And on days like that he doesn’t emerge from his room until eleven.

“Then I heard voices in the hallway. I opened the door a crack, saw my father in his pajamas with two men, heard something about coming with me and thought: Well, just wait and stay in your room.”

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