Exhibit—Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich-NOW SHOWING THROUGH MAY 2021

The Law Library Association of St. Louis is proud to announce that it is hosting the American Bar Association (ABA) Travelling Exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights:  Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under The Third Reich. The exhibit, never before seen in St. Louis, is at the Law Library Association from Sunday March 8 through Mid-May 2021. [Please note this new extended exhibit period.]

The Law Library is open on a restricted basis. Reservations will be required to see the exhibit. Individuals and groups of up to 10 people will be allowed in at a time. Masks and social distancing will be required. 

To make a reservation, email Library Director Gail Wechsler at gwechsler@llastl.org. Or call 314-622-4470. Reservations will be taken for Monday-Friday between 9 AM and 4 PM.

In addition to the Law Library Association, the exhibit is co-sponsored locally by ADL Heartland, the  St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis-The Professional Society: Lawyers Division.

The exhibit consists of panels that tell the stories and describe the respective fates of dozen of attorneys and judges of Jewish descent who had their law licenses revoked under the Third Reich.

This exhibit, sadly, remains important and timely.  More than 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. This exhibit begins to provide a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany-stories that speak to how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country.   


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Thanks to our individual, corporate and organizational sponsors:

Gold Level: Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C.
Silver Level: Anderson & Gilbert, L.C., Goldblatt + Singer
Bronze Level: Danna McKitrick, P.C., Jefferson Bank & Trust Co.
Platinum Level: Richard Abrams, Susan E. Block, Dan and Erika Cohn, Francis and Jean Duda, Rabbi Randy Fleisher, Leonard J. Frankel, Dr. Laura and David Goldmeier, Dr. Michael and Roberta Gutwein, Husch Blackwell,  Michael and Susan Mlynarczyk, Temple Emanuel, Jay B. Umansky, Congregation Shaare Emeth
Additional Supporters: Congregation B’nai Amoona, Dr. Gary and Marilyn Ratkin

Professor Leila Sadat

Thanks to all who attended our Program: Lessons of the Holocaust and Creation of the International Criminal Court

Thanks to all who attended this program focused on the creation of the International Criminal Court.  Special thanks to our presenter,  Professor Leila Sadat,  Washington University School of Law

This program was presented  in conjunction with the Law  Library Association exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under The Third Reich.

Leila Sadat is the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, as well as Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor.  

For more information and to hear a recording of the program, go to https://lawyerswithoutrights.com/


Warren Rosenblum

Virtual Lecture-Jewish Lawyers and the Fight Against Fascism: 1926-1933

Join the Law Library Association and co-sponsoring organizations, ADL Heartland and St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, at a virtual lecture connected to the ongoing exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich."

The lecture, "Jewish Lawyers and the Fight Against Fascism: 1926-1933," will take place on Wednesday March 3 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

During the Weimar Republic, German-Jewish lawyers fought aggressively against antisemitism and fascism. Initially, lawyers focused on prosecuting anti-Jewish libels and insults. It was a strategy that assumed German judges would be fair and the German public would be persuaded by reasonable court decisions. Both assumptions proved faulty, and Jewish legal defense efforts changed quickly in the period of Hitler’s rise to power. This talk will focus in particular on the career of Bruno Weil, one of the lawyers featured in the exhibit "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich."

Our speaker is Professor Warren Rosenblum, professor of history and chair of the History, Politics and International Relations Department at Webster University in St. Louis. He is the author of Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Germany, 1850-1933, which won the Baker-Burton Prize of the Southern Historical Association. He has also published essays on the history of disability, eugenics and euthanasia, and antisemitism in modern Europe.

Sign up for the March 3 lecture below. Reservations are required. This program is free and open to the public.