The exhibit will run at the courthouse from April 14 to May 2 and is sponsored by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, the Leo Baeck Institute and the American Bar Association, in conjunction with the German Federal Bar. It continues on display at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in Lower Manhattan through April 10.
The idea for the exhibit was conceived in 1998, when an Israeli lawyer asked the regional bar of Berlin for a list of Jewish lawyers whose licenses had been revoked by the Nazi regime. The exhibit has been shown in dozens of cities throughout the world and previously was shown in New York in 2004 at the Leo Baeck Institute.
“The regional bar decided not only to research a list of names but also to try to find out more about the fates behind all those names,” said Axel Filges, president of the German Federal Bar, which is that country’s leading bar association. “Some were able to leave the country after the Nazis came into power, but very many of them were incarcerated or murdered. The non-Jewish German lawyers of those days remained silent. They failed miserably, and so did the lawyers’ organizations. We do not know why.”
After the Berlin bar transformed its research into an exhibit, other regional bars began asking whether they could show it and add their own research. “So, like a puzzle, a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany has emerged step by step,” Filges said.
“Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich”
Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse lobby
271-C Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
April 14-May 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Editors: Representatives of the news media are invited to a special reception and program on Thursday, April 24, at the Duberstein Courthouse. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. The program, “Discrimination and Degradation: Jewish Lawyers Under Nazism,” will begin at about 6 p.m. and feature Douglas G. Morris, a lawyer and adjunct professor of history at New York University who has written and lectured extensively on this topic. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Bill.Choyke@americanbar.org.
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