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The “Un-Hollywood Ending” of Fritz Bauer

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Fritz Bauer [6]

Fritz Bauer

Adolf Eichmann [7]

Adolf Eichmann

COMMENT: A new film focuses on the work of Fritz Bauer, a German Jew and Holocaust survivor and his efforts to have Eichmann prosecuted. Ultimately, Bauer’s information was communicated to Israel, who kidnapped, tried and executed Eichmann. The difference between the world of movies and real life couldn’t be more dramatic:

“Tracking Nazi Criminals With an Eye on Eichmann” by Ken Jaworowski; The New York Times; 8/19/2016. [11]

. . . . Based on real people and events, this tale finds [Fritz] Bauer, a German Jew, serving as an attorney general in  West Germany in 1957. Part of his work is to track down former Nazi officials, and he’s increasingly thwarted by superiors and underlings who are still sympathetic to the Third Reich.

Bauer receives word that the war criminal Adolf Eichmann may be hiding in Argentina, setting off an investigation that leads to death threats and more obstructions. Everyone here–ally or enemy–has an agenda, a motive, a secret, an excuse. . . .

Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile by Paul Manning; pp. 289-290. [9]

. . . Israeli agents who move too closely to these centers of power are eliminated. One such termination was Fritz Bauer, formerly attorney general for the State of Hesse in Frankfurt, a survivor of Auschwitz and the man who tipped off the Israeli Mossad about the presence of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, who was killed on orders of General Mueller.

His body was found in his bathtub and listed as “death by heart attack” by the Frankfurt police. The real cause: cyanide spray that induces heart stoppage without detection, the same modus operandi that Mueller used to kill the Bormann stand-ins who were placed in the Berlin freight yards in laate April of 1945.

Mueller’s ruthlessness even today is what deters Artur Axmann from altering his testimony that he saw Bormann lying dead on the roadway the night of their escape from the Fuehrerbunker, May 1-2, 1945. . . .To this day, Axmann, the only so-called living witness to the ‘death’ of Bormann in Berlin, knows his life is in jeopardy if he reverses himself. General Mueller is thorough and has a long memory, and for a Nazi such as Axmann to go against Mueller’s original directive would make him a traitor; retribution would surely follow. . . .