Fritz Bauer

Fritz Bauer

The Jewish Prosecutor Who Brought Eichmann and Auschwitz to Trial
Ronen Steinke, translated by Sinead Crowe
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Format: Hardback 6 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04685-7
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German Jewish judge and prosecutor Fritz Bauer (1903–1968) played a key role in the arrest of Adolf Eichmann and the initiation of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. Author Ronen Steinke tells this remarkable story while sensitively exploring the many contributions Bauer made to the postwar German justice system. As it sheds light on Bauer's Jewish identity and and the role it played in these trials and his later career, Steinke's deft narrative contributes to the larger story of Jewishness in postwar Germany. Examining latent antisemitism during this period as well as Jewish responses to renewed German cultural identity and politics, Steinke also explores Bauer's personal and family life and private struggles, including his participation in debates against the criminalization of homosexuality—a fact that only came to light after his death in 1968. This new biography reveals how one individual's determination, religion, and dedication to the rule of law formed an important foundation for German post war society.



Illuminates the biography of a central actor in Germany's coming to terms with its Nazi past.


Jacob S. Eder, author of Holocaust Scared


Ronen Steinke has a refreshingly non-biased approach and present Bauer as the hero that he was, but also as a human being who was not always able to communicate well with friends, subordinates, and enemies.


Jenny Hestermann

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Andreas Vosskuhle


1. The German who Brought Eichmann to Justice: His Secret

2. The Secret Jewish Life of Post-War Germany's Most Controversial Jurist

3. The University Years (1921–1925): A Gifted Student

4. Judge in the Weimar Republic: Bauer's Attempts to Ward off Catastrophe

5. Concentration Camp and Exile (1933–1949)

6. Rehabilitating the Plotters of July 20, 1944

7. "Murderers Among Us": The Psychology of a Prosecutor

8. Bauer's Greatest Achievement: The Auschwitz Trial (1963–1965)

9. The Fight for Gay Rights: Bauer's Dilemma

10. Bauer's Path to Isolation

11. 1968: The Body in the Bathtub