Fritz Bauer, Attorney General.

Taking Nazi Crimes to Court

Fritz Bauer, 1965. Picture credit: fotografie stefan moses, München

15 March to 3 June 2018

As Attorney General, Fritz Bauer made history. In 1963, in the face of extensive hostility, he initiated the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials – a milestone in the legal handling of National Socialist crimes in Germany.

This exhibition, developed by the Fritz Bauer Institute in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, documents Fritz Bauer's life and work in the light of the historical events of the 20th century. Born in Stuttgart in 1903, a Jew and Social Democrat, he experienced exclusion and oppression by the National Socialists that ultimately drove him to emigrate. Bauer returned to Germany in 1949, and as Attorney General revolutionized the traditional role of this office by emphasizing protection for the dignity of the individual – including against the power of the state.

One idea behind the exhibition is to let Fritz Bauer speak for himself as often as possible. So in addition to documents, photographs and other exhibits from his personal legacy, a key attraction is the numerous sound recordings in which visitors can discover this Attorney General’s skills as a dazzling speaker, feisty debater and thoughtful conversationalist.

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Free with admission