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The law in Nazi Germany; ideology, opportunism, and the perversion of justice.


The law in Nazi Germany; ideology, opportunism, and the perversion of justice.

Ed. by Alan E. Steinweis and Robert D. Rachlin.

Berghahn Books


246 pages




In this contribution to the sparse scholarship in English on the perversion of law and morals in Nazi Germany, Steinweis (Holocaust studies, U. of Vermont) and Rachlin (attorney/visiting professor, Vermont Law School) compile essays based mostly on lectures delivered at a 2009 symposium at the U. of Vermont. Authors discuss the progression from the conservative German judiciary and career opportunism to the anti-Semitic Nuremberg laws and bypass of the legal system altogether. Appendices include "legal" bases for the Third Reich, a White Rose leaflet promoting resistance, and the sentencing of resisters. Photographs feature Jewish lawyers being humiliated in public, and German lawyers and judges being tried as war criminals at the Nuremberg trials.

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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