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Lawyers Without Rights exhibit, depicting fate of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany, coming to federal courthouse in Manhattan


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Lawyers Without Rights exhibit, depicting fate of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany, coming to federal courthouse in Manhattan

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 —The highly acclaimed international exhibit Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich will be available for viewing in New York City from Feb. 18 through April 11.

The showing at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse is sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association/SDNY Chapter. It is being shown in conjunction with the German Federal Bar. The exhibit has been shown in more than 40 cities in Germany and throughout the world and was previously shown in New York in 2004 at the Leo Baeck Institute.

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in 1998, when an Israeli lawyer asked the regional bar of Berlin for a list of Jewish lawyers whose licenses had been revoked by the Nazi regime.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 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 major 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.

What: “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich”

Where: Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York City

When: Feb. 18 — April 11, 2014, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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