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Sebastian Felz

Staatsnothilfe und politischer Mord? Die Femeprozesse und der Gustloff-Prozess aus Sicht des Rechtsanwalts Friedrich Grimm (1888-1959)

Friedrich Grimm (1888-1959) was one of the most prominent right-wing lawyers of the 20th century in Germany. In the Weimar Republic, he defended the so-called "Feme"-murderers and agitated fiercly against the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. He discussed the question of whether individuals should be allowed to act on behalf of the state in the case of a so-called "state emergency" with former Reich Minister of Justice Gustav Radbruch and other left and liberals lawyers. After the "seizure of power" he got a seat for the NSDAP in the Reichstag and acted as a trial representative for the regime. The highlight of this activity was the trial of David Frankfurter (1936) for the assassination of the Nazi representative Wilhelm Gustloff in neutral Switzerland. Here Grimm transformed himself from a defense attorney to a "prosecutor" of political murder. After the war, he downplayed the Holocaust and promoted a general amnesty for Nazi politicians.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26032/fhi-2021-007

  • Zitiervorschlag Sebastian Felz, Staatsnothilfe und politischer Mord? Die Femeprozesse und der Gustloff-Prozess aus Sicht des Rechtsanwalts Friedrich Grimm (1888-1959) (20. Juli 2021), in forum historiae iuris, https://forhistiur.net2021-07-felz