In 1999, the National Socialist Underground (NSU) series of murders and terror began, ten people were murdered, three bomb attacks and fifteen robberies were carried out, and 43 attempted murders were committed. Although there were indications of right-wing extremist perpetrators from the outset, friends and relatives were suspected for many years and the victims were criminalized. Only after the self-deception of the NSU in 2011 was the right-wing extremist milieu investigated.
The survivors of the nail bomb attacks of the NSU in Cologne are involved in the "Keupstrasse ist überall" initiative. Today they want to tell us their stories, tell us about the struggle for truth, justice and a life in security.
An event of the Bochum "Bündnis gegen Rechts", the "Naturfreundejugend" and the interactive Fritz Bauer Library of the BUXUS STIFTUNG gGmbH.
Next December will mark the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Auschwitz trial. At the same time, we ask ourselves what will happen once the voices of the victims and survivors no longer accompany us.
Will there be enough voices of protest in the face of growing racism and nationalism? Have we interpreted history correctly? Will resistance to right-wing extremism and xenophobia continue to grow and be strong enough to secure our democracy?
The historian and Fritz Bauer biographer Dr. Irmtrud Wojak, managing director of the non-profit BUXUS STIFTUNG (www.buxus-stiftung.de), shows in an exemplary way how the testimonies of the victims and survivors of Auschwitz can provide answers to these questions. This is what we want to talk about. Do I look or do I look away, do I join or will I make a difference?
Lecture by invitation of the "Bochumer Bündnis gegen Rechts".
The lawyer Fritz Bauer, lawyer and campaigner for human rights, is one of the most exciting personalities in history. As a fighter for truth and justice, he located SS man Adolf Eichmann and brought Auschwitz and the Nazi judiciary to justice.
Dr. Fabian Stallknecht combined and annotated Bauer's texts with current and philosophical reflections on topics such as remembering, survival, and the right and duty to resist. His collage tells of the need to resist oppression, despotism and the violation of human rights, as it is lived and done today by courageous people in Fritz Bauer's spirit.
Fabian Stallknecht works as a freelance author, journalist and blogger and is a founding member of the performance ensemble "Collective Sure Sud".