Panel, exhibit on Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany

Panel, exhibit on Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany

“LAWYERS WITHOUT RIGHTS: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich,” developed by the Berlin Bar Association and brought to the United States by the American Bar Association, details the challenges of Jewish lawyers in Germany during the 1930s and 40s.

The exhibit will be on display at The Jewish Center (TJC) in Princeton through Jan. 30; the synagogue is closed Mondays.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, from 4-6 p.m., a panel, moderated by constitutional lawyer and TJC member Bruce Afran, will explore implications of the exhibit’s time period when “lawyers and judges still had power to resist Hitler,” Afran wrote in an email to NJJN.

In the early 1930s lawyers of Jewish descent, with a few exceptions, had to reapply for admission to the legal profession. By September 1938 all Jewish lawyers were banned.

“The removal of Jewish lawyers and judges was a part of the Nazi move to break the will of German Jews and eliminate sources of opposition before the regime had gained absolute power,” Afran wrote.

The other panelists include Carol Strauss, former director of The Leo Baeck Institute, Douglas Morris, legal historian, and TJC congregant Keith D. Nunes, former director of the Program on Holocaust and Law at Touro Law School.

For information contact The Jewish Center at 609-921-0100.

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