Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial

Documentary heritage submitted by Germany and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

© Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Photographs of the original magnetic tapes with records from the main proceedings of the First Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial

The Frankfurt Auschwitz trial comprising 183 days of hearings from 1963-1965 focused the world’s attention on the system of practically industrialized homicide for racial and political reasons and facilitated the breakthrough of a critical and comprehensive analysis of National Socialism. It represents 454 volumes of files that are stored at the Hessian State Archives – Hessian Main State Archives in Wiesbaden. They include 430 hours of recordings of the testimony of 319 witnesses (including 181 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration/death camp and 80 members of the camp staff, the SS, and the police) on 103 tapes. 

  • Year of submission: 2016
  • Year of inscription: 2017
  • Country: Germany
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