In April 1952, a sensational trial began at the Munich Regional Court. The defendant was the most prominent Jew in Germany after World War II: Philipp Auerbach. He had survived Auschwitz and stood up for the Holocaust survivors like no other. His judges, former Nazis, convicted him of minor offences. Auerbach took his own life on the same day.
His fate is symbolic of the fact that there was no such thing as a new start after the war. That old elites became new ones and anti-Semitism lived on.
Hans-Hermann Klare's biography puts the post-war period in a new light. It resurrects a world in which hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in Germany had to fight for a life in dignity.
Hans-Hermann Klare was an author and senior editor at "Stern" for many years. His reportages deal with the end of apartheid in South Africa, the genocide in Rwanda and the indigenous uprising in Mexico. He has been involved in UN refugee aid in Germany for many years.
Moderation: Mirjam Zadoff (Director of the NS-Documentation Centre Munich)
An event in the accompanying programme of the special exhibition "Our Courage. Jews in Europe 1945-48" in cooperation with the Aufbau publishing houses.