18.04. ‐ 23.04.2023

Fritz Bauers Erbe – Gerechtigkeit verjährt nicht

Isabel Gathof, Sabine Lamby, Cornelia Partmann; Co-Regie/Dramaturgische Beratung: Jens Schanze

In November 2018, 95-year-old Johann R. stands trial for accessory to murder in hundreds of cases. He is said to have been part of the camp supervision as an SS-man in the concentration camp Stutthof. Why did so many years pass until the start of the trial? What does the trial mean for the survivors of the Shoah, the German legal system, and the reprocessing of German history? The documentary Fritz Bauers Erbe – Gerechtigkeit verjährt nicht examines the trial from the perspective of the Frankfurter Ausschwitz trials, which began in 1963 – almost 60 years ago – after essential efforts by the then Hessian Attorney General Fritz Bauer. The film convinces through its juxtaposition of contemporary witnesses and the classification of the trial by lawyers and historians.

12. May 2022

18:00 h, Cantate-Saal – Volksbühne Im Großen Hirschgraben

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Direction Isabel Gathof, Sabine Lamby, Cornelia Partmann; Co-Regie/Dramaturgische Beratung: Jens Schanze
Country Deutschland
Year 2021
Duration 98 min
Language Original with German Subtitles
Production Sabine Lamby, Cornelia Partmann, Isabel Gathof
Camera Nicolas Mussell
Script Sabine Lamby, Cornelia Partmann, Isabel Gathof
Editing Martin Hoffmann
Sound Tobias Schinko
Music Matthias Vogt


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About the director

The director Isabel Gathof grew up in Hanau. Her directorial debut Moritz Daniel Oppenheim – der erste jüdische Maler was screened at LICHTER Filmfest in 2018 and awarded the Hessischer Newcomer Preis. Fritz Bauers Erbe was supported by Hessen Film und Medien. The score was composed by noted Frankfurter jazz pianist, DJ and music producer Matthias Vogt.




About the soundtrack

The music for Fritz Bauer's Legacy is by Frankfurt-based musician, composer and music producer Matthias Vogt.

He contributed both electronic music and jazz as the film's soundtrack. Based on the premise that Fitz Bauer himself was a jazz fan, the task was to create jazz themes in the style of (Frankfurt) jazz of the 1950s. The film premiere on 12.5. starts with live jazz from the Matthias Vogt Trio, together with trumpeter Heiko Hubmann!




(In presence of the directors)

Regional feature film program

© Matthias Vogt Trio & Matthias Vogt by Thomas Pirot