Until 1933, Jewish lawyers were among the most prominent in the profession. But the Nazi regime immediately tried to kick them out and, after five-and-a-half years, completed its efforts. This talk tells that story.
With harrowing details, it shows how the Nazis got rid of Jewish lawyers through lawless violence and legalized discrimination; how Jewish lawyers tried to hold on but eventually suffered economic devastation and social humiliation; and how a small number actively resisted. Ultimately, the story is about a liberal democracy collapsing under the weight of an authoritarian state.
Our presenter is Douglas Morris, Ph.D., J.D. He is a legal historian and practicing criminal defense attorney with Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. He is author of Legal Sabotage: Ernst Fraenkel in Hitler’s Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2020) – which explores the way a Jewish Social Democratic lawyer in Nazi Germany represented political defendants in court, engaged in underground activities, and produced both a classic analysis of the Nazi regime and an original theory of resistance. Mr. Morris is also the author of Justice Imperiled: The Anti-Nazi Lawyer Max Hirschberg in Weimar Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2005), and has published a series of scholarly articles on twentieth-century German legal history.
This is the closing presentation for the exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich." This program and the exhibit are sponsored nationally by the American Bar Association. Local sponsors are ADL Heartland, St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum and the Law Library Association of St. Louis.
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