Fritz Bauer Library
From memory to resistance


The interactive Fritz Bauer Library collects, documents, and tells the stories of people who have demonstrated noteworthy resistance and independence in the defense of human dignity. They do this in situations in which other people, often all, fall silent and resign themselves to what is happening. What drove them to take a stand? Where did they find the strength and how can we support them?

The goal of the FBL is to research the extraordinary stories of the struggle for human rights, to document them, and to share them, in order to contribute to a more just society.

We do this because people are struggling for their dignity, all over the world and at all times, often under extreme conditions. It is our task to provide a reminder of this fact, and to strengthen civil liberties and human rights. We reject the impunity of human rights violations and advocate an ethic of accountability. The FBL systematically promotes the rights of victims and survivors.

Individual stories are published as books and audiobooks. The FBL's global outlook makes it clear that the struggle for human rights is an international issue, not a national one.

Human Rights

History  # Organisations  # Literature and Media

History - Declarations - Organisations - Individual Rights - Literature and Media

History and Present

The struggle for human rights and against impunity

History and Present - Commitment and Archives - Literature and Media

From memory to action

Mounting resistance

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Recent Publications


Terms of Use and Data Privacy

FBL Copyright and Data Management

A database was programmed for the interactive Fritz Bauer Library (FBL), which is maintained by the BUXUS STIFTUNG. It allows the stories in the library to be evaluated in terms of certain categories, which go far beyond names, locations, and key words (see "Search for stories"). The library is a research project, not a wiki or an encyclopedia.

The FBL is a work in progress that allows us to recognize motives and factors that prompt individuals to fight for human rights. At the same time, it reveals the influences that support people in the defense of human rights. In order to publish a story in the library, authors log in using a password, upload the text of their story, documents, and images, then send them to the site editors with a click. This "click" authorizes the BUXUS STIFTUNG to publish the story. If questions arise, the FBL editors contact the authors, or consult with experts.

The authors are responsible for their stories, and are named at the end of the story, along with the date of publication. The copyright remains with the writer. 

The stories published by the FBL can only be copied and published elsewhere with the written consent of the authors and the BUXUS STIFTUNG GmbH.