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Author Turner, Mathew (Historian), author.

Title Historians at the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial : their role as expert witnesses / Mathew Turner
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 236 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Series International library of twentieth century history ; 122
International library of twentieth century history ; 122.
Contents Cover; Author Biography; Title page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Plates; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Expert Witness Historian; Plausible versus Probable: History and Law; Locating the Paradox: Historical Knowledge as Legal Evidence; The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial Experts: Existing Literature; Praising Anatomy; Book Structure and Chapter Synopsis; 1. Background to Frankfurt: The IfZ, Gutachten and the Ulm Trial; Gutachten and the Institut fur̈ Zeitgeschichte; The Ulm Einsatzkommando Trial; 2. The Law Courts History: Pre-Trial Preparations
A Perfect Sturm: Bauer and the IfZ, 1959-1962A Perfect Sturm: Bauer and the IfZ, 1959-1962; Drafting the Gutachten; 'Gutachten are worthless here': A Judge's Pre-Trial Verdict; 3. Giving Evidence: The Historians' Court? Or, Historians Caught?; 'An Historical Seminar': Buchheim, 7 February 1964; The Director's Drama: Krausnick, 17 February 1964; 'Compassion has no place': Broszat, 21 and 28 February 1964; Buchheim Returns, 3 July 1964; The Last Chapter: Jacobsen, 14 August 1964; 4. Judgement Day: Hofmeyer Reaches a Verdict; Parting Shots: Kaul and Laternser; Hofmeyer's Final Judgement
Judging History, Making Law: How the Historians Fared5. Publishing Anatomy: Gutachten to Chapters; The Paperback Gutachten; 'A Guide to Barbarism'; 6. Responding to Anatomy: Scholars React; Reviewing Anatomy: English Take the Lead; Dissecting Anatomy: The Future of the Past; The 'Burning Questions': Herzfeld and Ainsztein; 7. Receiving Anatomy: How the Book Made History; Laternser's Lies; The Road to Auschwitz; The Debate Begins: Krausnick versus Broszat; Creating History, Informing Research; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "The Frankfurt Auschwitz trial was a milestone event in West German history. Between 1963 and 1965, former Auschwitz personnel were tried in Frankfurt am Main. It was a Holocaust perpetrator trial that saw the engagement of four of the nation's leading historians as expert witnesses - Martin Broszat, Hans Buchheim, Helmut Krausnick, and Hans-Adolf Jacobsen - appointed by the prosecution to give evidence pertaining to the historical and organisational context of the alleged crimes. Following the trial, the reports of these historians were published in a bestselling book, Anatomie des SS-Staates (Anatomy of the SS State). Mathew Turner here investigates the relationship between the trial and this publication. In recent years, more attention has been paid to the intersection between history and law that accompanies historians' entry into the courtroom. Very little, however, has been written about this intersection with a focus on a single case study. Based on original sources located in several German archives and first-hand interviews, this book addresses these connections through a study of West Germany's most famous trial, and the monumental work of history produced from the engagement of historical expertise in court"--Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Munich, Germany). Anatomie des SS-Staates
Auschwitz Trial, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1963-1965.
War crime trials -- Germany -- Frankfurt am Main
LAW -- International.
War crime trials
Germany -- Frankfurt am Main
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781838608651