The Institute

Fritz Bauer Institute

History and Impact of the Holocaust

The Fritz Bauer Institute is an independent interdisciplinary research and education center with a focus on contemporary history. It studies and documents the history of National Socialism’s mass crimes — particularly of the Holocaust — and their impact until the present. One focus of its work is facilitating relevant German and international research by means of publications, lectures and exhibitions.

The Institute is named for Fritz Bauer and is dedicated to his memory. Fritz Bauer (1903–1968) was a returned Jewish emigrant and, from 1956 on, a Hessian district attorney (Generalstaatsanwalt), who strove for the reconstruction of the legal system in the Federal Republic of Germany and fought for criminal persecution of Nazi crimes.

The Fritz Bauer Institute was founded in 1995 by the State of Hesse, the City of Frankfurt am Main and the Friends’ Association Fritz Bauer Institute as a foundation under German public law. It was granted An-Institute status in autumn 2000, affiliating it with Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and maintains its registered office in the IG Farben-Building on the university’s Westend campus. The State of Hesse, the City of Frankfurt, Goethe University and the Friends’ Association Fritz Bauer Institute are represented on the Institute’s foundation board. The friends’ association and the academic advisory board support and accompany its work. In 2017, the Chair for Research on the History and Impact of the Holocaust, the first of its type dedicated to this subject in Germany, was created in the History Seminar of Goethe University. The chair is linked to directorship of the Fritz Bauer Institute.

Fritz Bauer Institut

Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

+49 (0)69 798 322-40

A short survey in English

Fritz Bauer Institute (pdf-file)