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

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

by Devin O. Pendas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521844061

ISBN-13: 9780521844062

Pub. Date: 12/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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 provides a compelling account of the divided response to the trial among the West German public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521844062
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations and Tables     viii
Acknowledgments     ix
List of Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Prelude     24
The Antinomies of German Law: Motivation, Action, and Guilt     53
The Trial Actors     80
Indictment and Order to Convene, April-July 1963     104
Opening Moves: 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
Conclusion: Genocide and the Limits of the Law     288
Bibliography     307
Index     327

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