In his book Fritz Bauer: The Jewish Prosecutor Who Brought Eichmann and Auschwitz to Trial, Ronen Steinke describes the career and experiences of the German prosecutor Fritz Bauer, who successfully pressed for the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials to be held despite the German judiciary still being full of former Nazis. Steinke shows how Bauer, a social democrat of Jewish origin, changed post-war Germany and forced it to reflect on its past.
His second book, Der Muslim und die Jüdin (The Muslim and the Jew), which he will be talking about at TIBE 2021, also deals with 20th-century German history. To date, the Israeli Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has commemorated over 25,000 brave men and women who saved Jews during the Second World War. But this book tells a unique story, for it is about the first and so far only Arab to be recognised as Righteous among the Nations: the Egyptian Mohammed Helmy. He lived in Berlin throughout the war, constantly treading a fine line between conformity and subversion. And he managed to pull off a truly daring scheme, outfoxing the Nazis and saving the Jewish teenager Anna Boros. This book sheds light on the almost forgotten world of the old Arab Berlin during the Weimar Republic, which was ‘educated, progressive and anything but hostile to Jews’. Some Arabs in Germany worked for the National Socialist regime, but a not insignificant group were involved in the German resistance movement that stood up to the Nazis’ reign of terror. This book tells their story.
The event is organised in cooperation of Frankfurter Buchmesse and Goethe-Institute Taipei with financial support of the German Foreign Office.