The People vs. Fritz Bauer (D 2015)

An ethical drama starts with Bauer's driver finding his boss unconscious in the bathtub. He is taken to the hospital, while the police, politically motivated, suspected a suicide attempt. His opponents - especially Attorney General Kreidler and Paul Gebhardt of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) - triumph.

During Bauer's recovery, a file disappears from his office. He then cites the prosecutors and asks them about progress in the prosecution of Nazi criminals. However, the prosecutors can not show anything. The young prosecutor Karl Angermann reminds Bauer that he received the file in question with the request of him, Bauer, to draft a statement. Bauer gets the feeling that he can rely on the young man, and invites him to a meeting on the weekend to his home, because he imagines in his authority as "in the enemy country". Bauer wants to bring Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to a German court. However, since the BKA and Interpol are not responsible for political crimes, Bauer is considering engaging Israeli intelligence service Mossad.

With the receipt of a letter from Argentina, Bauer learns that Eichmann lives there under a different name. He passes on the letter to the Mossad and speaks in Israel as well. The Mossad boss Isser Harel already checked this trail, but wants Eichmann to be abducted only if Bauer has a second proof.

Angermann asks Bauer for advice on the sentence in a homosexual trial. After Bauer's reference to a similar process, Angermann then demands a sensationally low penalty. Victoria, a friend of the defendant, thanks Angermann and invites him to the nightclub "Kokett". Angermann falls in love with the woman, who turns out to be transgender. At the same time, the BKA has photos of sexual activities between them and tries to blackmail him with them.

When Bauer discovers that the former Nazi Schneider at Daimler-Benz works in the human resources department for South America, he puts pressure on him to obtain Eichmann's code name in Argentina. He directs this to the Mossad to confirm the first lane. Eichmann is abducted in the sequence in Argentina by the Mossad and abducted to Israel. Bauer's application for extradition of Eichmann is rejected by the federal government under Konrad Adenauer, as there are extensive arms deals between the FRG and Israel and is feared by possible statements of Eichmann in front of a German court, a government crisis, as many former Nazis are represented in the state apparatus up to the Cabinet.

Angermann cannot be blackmailed with the compromising photos and turns himself in for violating § 175. Bauer, who temporarily thought of giving up, then plunges into the Nazi investigation, which eventually leads to the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials.


Etické drama Larse Kraumeho je skutečným příběhem frankfurtského generálního prokurátora Bauera usilujícího o soudní potrestání nacistů. Hrdina je bržděn politiky. On sám z Argentiny obdrží zprávu o Eichmannovi a je nucen sám kontaktovat Mosad. Netuší, že prostřednictvím jiného etického případu na nemůže vzniknout kompromitující materiál.  Eichmann je nakonec i tak dopraven do Izraele, ne však do Německa.Tam kriminální služba hledá udavače,s jehož pomocí by Bauerovi prokázala vlastizradu. Bauer se proto raději sám udá na policii pro porušení § 175 a pustí se ještě do procesu s dozorci v Osvětimi. Film získal v Německu více cen, přesto se nedostal do širšího světového povědomí. 

Stát vs. Fritz Bauer / Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer / The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Německo, 2015, 105 min, drama

Režie: Lars Kraume
Scénář: Lars Kraume
Kamera: Jens Harant
Hudba: Christoph Kaiser, Julian Maas
Hrají: Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Robert Atzorn, Sebastian Blomberg, Stefan Gebelhoff, Cornelia Gröschel, Rüdiger Klink, Dani Levy, Paulus Manker, Michael Schenk, Götz Schubert, Jörg Schüttauf, Pierre Shrady, Lilith Stangenberg, Laura Tonke, Matthias Weidenhöfer, Konrad Adenauer (a.z.), Bartosch Lewandowski, Gabriele Schulze