Editorial

Editorial / mission statement

 

The jurist and political emigrant Fritz Bauer (1903-1968), survivor of the Nazi regime, brought Auschwitz, the crimes of Nazi medicine and Nazi injustice trial. The search for the law shaped Fritz Bauer’s life. He stood up for the humanity of the legal system and said:

“Resistance is criticism and opposition in speech and writing, resistance was and is the strike. The plebeians went on strike, Ghandi created a movement of civil disobedience, and the blacks of the southern states of the USA follow Ghandi and his successor Martin Luther King. Emigration from the land of a tyranny is resistance. It has always been sacrificial disobedience. Resistance is the refusal to obey an unjust order or law, is the help given to the victims of an evil state.”

We share Fritz Bauer’s critical attitude towards power politics and ideologies, his struggle for more social and more just circumstances of life for all people regardless of their background, religion, skin color or nationality.

The Fritz Bauer Blog is politically independent, represents standpoints and understands resistance as the struggle for human rights. In the search for justice, we limit ourselves neither to the past nor to the present. We understand democracy as the need for people to defend themselves when they are wronged and to provide emergency care when human dignity is violated, be it their own or that of others.


Our topics

Our topics are human rights and the right to truth, the struggle against impunity for human rights violations, the right and duty to disobey when injustice occurs and human dignity is violated, the abolition of the criminal law of guilt and atonement, and the reform of the penal system (law).

Guest contributions

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Editors

Susanne Berger, BA

Washinton DC

Susanne Berger (B.A.) earned a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from the American University in Washington DC. Her research focuses on the political and economic aspects of Raoul Wallenberg’s humanitarian mission in Budapest and their impact on the study of his disappearance. She has also focused on the fate of other disappeared Swedish citizens in the Soviet Union after 1945. From 1995 to 2001 she was an advisor to the Swedish-Russian working group on the fate of Raoul Wallenberg.

Since 2009, S. Berger has been a consultant for the campaign to free the Swedish-Eritrean writer Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea without charge or trial since 2001. She is the initiator and coordinator of the Raoul Wallenberg Research Initiative (www.RWI-70.de) and has written over a hundred reports and articles on R. Wallenberg. RWI-70 has conducted three successful “Raoul Wallenberg International Roundtables” in Budapest (May 16), Moscow (October 16) and Stockholm (September 17), bringing together legal experts, family members, victims and historians for discussion.

Dr. Thomas Galli

Augsburg

Thomas Galli studied law, criminology and psychology. From 2001 to 2016, he worked in the penal system in Bavaria and Saxony for over fifteen years. In 2013, he became head of the Zeithain penitentiary, and in 2015 he was additionally head of the Torgau penal institution for more than six months.

In addition, Thomas Galli also deals scientifically with criminological issues and has been a lecturer in criminal law and psychology, among other subjects. He was a member of the Crime Prevention Council of the City of Dresden and also represented Saxony at the Federal Association of Prison Directors. He is a member of the advisory board of netzwerkB, an association representing victims of sexualized violence. Since October 2016, he has been working as a lawyer in a law firm in Augsburg: www.galli-riedl.de

PD Dr. Irmtrud Wojak

Bochum and Eschenlohe

PD Dr. Irmtrud Wojak is the founder and director of the BUXUS STIFTUNG; she is a historian and curator. Her research focuses on political memory cultures and a historiography that explores resistance as a struggle for human rights. As a Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University), she studied the history of individuals who, in the face of prevailing prejudice and political discrimination, maintained a standpoint based on legal norms and humanity. She initiated the research and education project of an interactive Fritz Bauer Library. Named after Fritz Bauer (1903-1968), the lawyer and human rights advocate who brought Auschwitz to justice, the project is dedicated to researching the history of the survivors’ resistance and thus contributing to a more just and humane world.

2004 curated I. Wojak curated the first major exhibition on the Auschwitz trial (1963-1965), and in 2009 she published the authoritative Fritz Bauer biography. In 2008 she completed her habilitation and received her venia legendi at the University of Hanover. Until 2005 she was deputy director at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt. She was Head of the History Department of the International Tracing Service (Bad Arolsen) in 2007/08 and Founding Director of the “NS-Documentation Centre” Munich in 2009/11.

 

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