February 08, 2019

ABA president on anti-Semitism then and now

ABA President Bob Carlson reflected on the legal lessons learned from the silence of the non-Jewish German lawyers during the immediate years before the Holocaust and the importance of speaking up against injustice and unjust laws today. Carlson spoke on Feb. 7 at a New York program, “Legal Lessons from the Holocaust: When Lawyers Remain Silent.

The program took place at the New York City Bar in celebration of the new ABA book, “Lawyers Without Rights: The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Berlin after 1933.” Participants in the keynote panel were Minister Katarina Barley, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection; lawyer Michael E. Tigar; and former U.S. Congresswoman and author Elizabeth Holtzman. ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams served as moderator.