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Frankfurt Imperial Cathedral and Ancient Royal Palace
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeFrankfurt Imperial Cathedral and Ancient Royal Palace - Credit: Michael König

Although the location of Hanna's trial is not named in the text, it is likely to have been Frankfurt. Located about an hour away from Heidelberg, a series of war crimes trials was held there from 1963 to 1965 (although all of the 22 defendants were male).

 

 

Situated on the Main River in the state of Hesse, Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany.  It is also the financial centre of the country.  Unlike Heidelberg, the city was targeted during the Allied bombing raids of WW2, resulting in the destruction of the old medieval buildings and over 5,000 civilian deaths.  

Reconstruction yielded a far more modern city landscape; Frankfurt is the only city in Germany with a high number of skyscrapers.  These include the Commerzbank Tower, the tallest building in Europe.   

 

Frankfurt Financial District
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeFrankfurt Financial District - Credit: Thomas Wolf