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Founding Stone for the Fritz Bauer Forum11. August 2021 | 12.00 - 13.00 am

Feldmark 107, 44803 Bochum


In Bochum, the founding stone for the Fritz Bauer Forum will be laid on August 11, 2021.


A center for human rights with a fascinating interactive library, seminar, workshop and exhibition rooms, a café and a garden will be built on the site of the former Havkenscheid mourning hall.



Dr. Fritz Bauer answered the question of why he returned to Germany in 1952 with the spectacular (Remer) trial. As the prosecutor, Bauer succeeded in having the court call the Nazi state an unjust state and recognize that the resistance fighters had acted out of a sense of responsibility.

It is thanks to Fritz Bauer that the alternatives to Hitler, for which he also decided himself with a life “In the struggle for human rights”, cannot be forgotten. They were perceived by groups of the labor movement, the Confessing Church, individual members of the Catholic Church, the bureaucracy and individuals in the Wehrmacht. Especially by those who helped the persecuted Jews, Sinti and Roma, the handicapped and in general the persecuted, when this human assistance had been declared a crime.

The Fritz Bauer Forum is committed to the always and constantly current history of resistance against dictatorial violence, against nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism. As Article 1 of the Basic Law demands: “Human dignity is inviolable. To respect and protect it is the obligation of all state authority.”




Thomas Eiskirch
Lord Mayor of the City of Bochum
Opening address

Dr. Irmtrud Wojak
Managing Director of the BUXUS STIFTUNG
On the mission of the Fritz Bauer Forum

Film screening

Dr. Ansgar Klein
Chief Executive Manager of the Federal Network for Civic Involvement
Fritz Bauer as a voice for civil courage and the universality of human rights

OStD’ Antje Fehrholz
Head of the Municipal Grammar School Eickel
Students of the Gymnasium Eickel
Voices of resistance and survival in the Fritz Bauer Library

Admission 11:30 – End 13:00

Please watch for updated notices on this website and on the City of Bochum website regarding protective measures due to the corona pandemic.

Link to the current protection order on the website of the City of Bochum

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