Dr. Wulff worked in South Vietnam for six years in a West German Medical Mission, and this remarkable eye-witness report was presented in November, 1967, to the International War Crimes Commission in Roskilde, Denmark. It is taken from John Duffett, ed., Against the Crime of Silence: Proceedings of the Russell International War Crimes Tribunal ( London and New York: Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation [O'Hare Books], 1968), pp. 522-29.
Ladies and Gentlemen I have just arrived from South Vietnam and I have had no time to draft a text. I decided to come here before this Tribunal for two main reasons. One, because in the six years I spent in Vietnam, I saw a certain number of things which revolted me; and when the opportunity occurred to come here, I seized it immediately. Secondly, because a number of my Vietnamese friends, who are rendered silent at the present time, asked me to come here and speak in their stead. It is particularly difficult now to continue after this film that you have just seen, which illustrates to you much better than I could do, what is happening at the present time in South Vietnam. I was not able to bring much photographic evidence: the export of this kind of thing from South Vietnam is difficult. I have not so much seen the actual events, as the effects that these have produced. I shall begin by giving a general and rather superficial view of South Vietnam at the present time, especially, to show you the present reality of South Vietnam. It is recognizable to everyone, without the necessity for a great intellectual effort. You have just seen the South Vietnamese landscape; you have seen the bomb craters. Everyone who flies over South Vietnam now can see that the landscape resembles a human skin that suffers from smallpox. There are eruptions everywhere caused by bomb craters which are especially close to isolated habitations, little hamlets, little valleys. Everyone who flies over the land can see it and can draw his own conclusions. In flying over the country, also, you