The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History, and the Limits of the Law

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 - History - 340 pages
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The Frankfurt Auschwitz trial was the largest, most public, and most important trial of Holocaust perpetrators conducted in West German courts. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, Devin O. Pendas provides a comprehensive history of this momentous event. Situating the trial in a thorough analysis of West German criminal law, the book argues that in confronting systematic, state-sponsored genocide, the Frankfurt court ran up against the limits of law. This book also provides a compelling account of the divided response to the trial among the West German public.
  

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Contents

Introduction i
21
Motivation Action
53
The Trial Actors
80
Indictment and Order to Convene AprilJuly 1963
104
December 20 1963 to February 6 1964
122
Taking Evidence February 7 1964 to May 6 1965
140
Closing Arguments May 7 1965 to August 12 1965
192
Judgment
227
Public Reaction
249
Bibliography
307
Index
327
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Devin O. Pendas is Associate Professor of History at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the recipient of grants from the German Academic Exchange Service and the MacArthur Foundation. His articles have appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities and Traverse: Zeitschift für Geschichte/Revue d'histore, as well as in a number of edited volumes.

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