Fritz Bauer - Tod auf Raten

Fritz Bauer - Tod auf Raten

Deutschland 2009/2010, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

FRITZ BAUER – DEATH BY INSTALMENTS



Fritz Bauer was probably the most renowned state prosecutor the Federal
Republic has ever had. He saw himself as a "lawyer out of a sense of freedom"
and was convinced that the nation’s citizens had the right to resist
against state acts of an arbitrary nature. He was prepared to stand up for
this right in 1952/53 as Attorney General for Lower Saxony in a spectacular
trial regarding the legitimacy of the coup of 20 July, 1944. Bauer succeeded
in rehabilitating the executed conspirators. This verdict made him a pioneer
of modern "civil society" thought.


He applied the same focus to the illumination and avengement of Nazi
crimes. As Attorney General for Hesse from 1956–68, he was the key initiator
in the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. Bauer also played an important role in
the seizure of Adolf Eichmann: he informed Israel’s intelligence agency
Mossad of the whereabouts of the "architect of the Holocaust" so that Eichmann could be brought to trial in Jerusalem. Under his watch, Fritz Bauer
also pushed for reforms to the penal system, the humanisation of which
was he believed integral to a humane society.


During the restorative climate of the Adenauer era, Bauer became the
"agent provocateur of the age". Essays and talks with titles such as "Murderers Among Us" and "At the End Came the Gas Chambers" provoked criticism
not only from right-wing radicals but also middle-class audiences. The
life of this Swabian Jew was subject to anti-Semitism and political hostility.
Bauer perceived the passing of the German Emergency Acts in May 1968 as
a particularly heavy blow and felt that this was an irreparable turning point
towards an authoritarian state. He was found dead in his Frankfurt apartment
on 30 June 1968. The circumstances of his death have remained
unsolved to this day.



Source: 60. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Für den Film "Tod auf Raten"

Für den Film "Tod auf Raten" fällt es mir schwer die klassische Empfehlung ("Er sollte in allen Schulen gezeigt werden.") zu geben. Die zentrale Botschaft Bauers "Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar!" und ein jeder sollte sein Handeln danach ausrichten gilt eben für Juristen, Lehrer, Ausländeramtsmitarbeiter u.v.a.mehr. Und der Film benennt auch die bösartigen Reaktionen auf den integren Bauer. Deshalb gehört dieser Film zum unverzichtbaren Kanon aufklärerischer Medien. Und gezeigt gehört er aus leider 1000. schlimmen Anlässen: Lampedusa-Flüchtlinge, NSU-Skandal und Vieles mehr. Und letztlich ist der Film auch ein unverzichtbares "Denk-Mal" für diesen nicht zu vergessenden Fritz Bauer. Danke an alle Mitwirkenden.

Credits

Director:Ilona Ziok
Screenplay:Ilona Ziok (Konzept)
Director of photography:Jacek Blawut
Editing:Pawel M. Starost, Ilona Ziok
Production company:CV Fimproduktions GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Manuel Göttsching, Ilona Ziok

All Credits

Director:Ilona Ziok
Screenplay:Ilona Ziok (Konzept)
Director of photography:Jacek Blawut
Editing:Pawel M. Starost, Ilona Ziok
Sound:Manuel Göttsching
Audio mixing:Manuel Göttsching
Consultant:Thymian Bussemer (Dokumentation)
Production company:CV Fimproduktions GmbH (Berlin)
in co-production with:Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) (Saarbrücken)
Producer:Manuel Göttsching, Ilona Ziok
Producer (TV):Michael Meyer (SR), Andrea Etspüler (SR)
Unit production manager:Myriam Abeillon
Original distributor:EYZ Media (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
Length:97 min
Format:DigiBeta
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.06.2010, 123216, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama-Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 04.11.2010

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Fritz Bauer - Tod auf Raten

Versions

Original

Length:97 min
Format:DigiBeta
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.06.2010, 123216, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2010, Berlin, IFF - Panorama-Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 04.11.2010
 

Awards

FBW 2011
Dokumentarfilm des Monats
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll