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The “Un-Hollywood Ending” of Fritz Bauer

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Fritz Bauer

Fritz Bauer

Adolf Eichmann

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:

  • As dis­cussed in FTR #558, Eich­mann worked on con­tract for the Gehlen “Org” and, by exten­sion the CIA.
  • As dis­cussed in Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile, the Argen­tine Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty was so upset about this that no such Israeli intru­sion into Argenti­na in pur­suit of Nazis was ever per­mit­ted again. ” . . . So much empha­sis is placed on select Jew­ish par­tic­i­pa­tion in Bor­mann com­pa­nies that when Adolf Eich­mann was seized and tak­en to Tel Aviv to stand tri­al, it pro­duced a shock wave in the Jew­ish and Ger­man com­mu­ni­ties of Buenos Aires. Jew­ish lead­ers informed the Israeli author­i­ties in no uncer­tain terms that this must nev­er hap­pen again because a rep­e­ti­tion would per­ma­nent­ly rup­ture rela­tions with the Ger­mans of Latin Amer­i­ca, as well as with the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion, and cut off the flow of Jew­ish mon­ey to Israel. It nev­er hap­pened again, and the pur­suit of Bor­mann qui­et­ed down at the request of these Jew­ish lead­ers. . . .”
  • Bauer was reward­ed for his efforts by assas­si­na­tion by cyanide spray, cour­tesy of Bor­man­n’s secu­ri­ty chief Hein­rich Mueller, for­mer head of the Gestapo: ” . . . 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 late April of 1945. . . .”

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

. . . . 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.

. . . 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. . . .

 

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